• Paul Reiffer has put together a portfolio showcasing the beauty of some of the world’s most famous cities by night
  • The British photographer has spent over three years amassing the collection of nightscapes
  • Included in his spectacular collection are New York City skyline, the winding bridges of Shanghai, and the wispy reflections of Singapore’s harbour 

Taken during the twilight hours, a British photographer has gone to extraordinary lengths to get the perfect shot including climbing rooftops, hanging from helicopters and even entering restricted military areas.

And Paul Reiffer’s dedication to his work has enabled him to put together a portfolio showcasing the beauty of some of the world’s most famous cities by night.

Each of the series of spectacular shots captures the pulsing energy of its location through vivid light trails.

City snapper, Paul Reiffer, 34, spent over three years amassing the collection of nightscapes, including this of Tower Bridge in London

City snapper, Paul Reiffer, 34, spent over three years amassing the collection of nightscapes, including this of Tower Bridge in London

The winding bridges of Yanan East Interchange in Shanghai are portrayed beautifully in the collection

The winding bridges of Yanan East Interchange in Shanghai are portrayed beautifully in the collection

Reiffer, 34, from Weymouth, Dorset, spent over three years amassing the collection of nightscapes and has visited some of the world’s most iconic landmarks in the process.

Whether it is the bright lights of the New York City skyline, the winding bridges of Shanghai, or the wispy reflections of Singapore’s harbour, each of Paul’s photographs reveal a beautiful side to the urban sprawl.

By using a specially adapted camera that shoots at a whopping 80 mega pixels per image, the British photographer is able to capture huge city landscapes in extraordinary detail.

Constantly on the move, Paul is continuously travelling in an effort to add new locations to his already impressive portfolio.

Then New York city skyline is perhaps one of the more noticeable landscapes from Reiffer's work

Then New York city skyline is perhaps one of the more noticeable landscapes from Reiffer’s work

Behind the scenes of Pauls shoot in Shanghai; the photographer has spent three years collating his work

Behind the scenes of Pauls shoot in Shanghai; the photographer has spent three years collating his work

Each of the series of spectacular shots captures the pulsing energy of its location through vivid light trails; here the lights of Sydney Harbour reflect in the waters

Each of the series of spectacular shots captures the pulsing energy of its location through vivid light trails; here the lights of Sydney Harbour reflect in the waters

Paul said: ‘Some of my images require a lot of planning, unfortunately, one of the ways I decided to get a different view was to get onto rooftops.

‘Some with full permissions and authorised access, others less so.

‘Ironically, while legitimate access takes a lot of bureaucracy, it’s the more ‘unofficial’ shoots which take the most planning.

‘Generally if you search online, or see a city in a magazine, the same old shots will appear time and time again, so while I use other images for reference, I tend to then start researching using tools like Google satellite view and 3D maps along with sunrise/sunset apps to plan my own take on the view of a city.

The serene and still waters reflect the bright lights of Singapore, a hive of activity

The serene and still waters reflect the bright lights of Singapore, a hive of activity

A gorgeous sunset of the golden gate bridge, San Francisco reveals a beautiful side to the urban sprawl

A gorgeous sunset of the golden gate bridge, San Francisco reveals a beautiful side to the urban sprawl

The roads may be devoid of traffic here in Kuala Lumpur, but it simply gives the light trails more prominence

The roads may be devoid of traffic here in Kuala Lumpur, but it simply gives the light trails more prominence

‘The shot of the Nanpu Bridge in Shanghai was the most difficult shot to take of the collection, while hanging from helicopters and lying in the middle of roads sounds challenging, photographically this was a real pain.

‘Let’s just say you need to trust the front half of your feet to get to the place, as that’s the only part which will be touching the ledge of a building as you walk along it 30-odd storeys up in the air.

The shimmering Auckland skyline in New Zealand looks majestic against the backdrop of the dark waters

The shimmering Auckland skyline in New Zealand looks majestic against the backdrop of the dark waters

The buildings of Kuala Lumpur look palatial, and show off in terrific lighting by Reiffer's camera skills

The buildings of Kuala Lumpur look palatial, and show off in terrific lighting by Reiffer’s camera skills

Reiffer captures the jam-packed nature of New York City from high above most of the buildings

Reiffer captures the jam-packed nature of New York City from high above most of the buildings 

‘I’ve had to run from some locations with a memory card in my underwear before now! Not because of anything illegal, more an argument with an overzealous security guard on a building I was photographing from.

‘Because of the resolution of these images, they can be printed big and when you see a cityscape at two or three meters wide and are able to see every detail of every parked car, building window or landmark in the distance, it’s quite impressive.’

The Shanghai interchanges are mesmerising, and only at night would you ever see them this quiet

The Shanghai interchanges are mesmerising, and only at night would you ever see them this quiet

Hong Kong, China; the British photographer is able to capture huge city landscapes in extraordinary detail

Hong Kong, China; the British photographer is able to capture huge city landscapes in extraordinary detail

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