I just joined our local Photo Club and one of the themes for next month's contest is "cityscapes". This question may seem obvious, but I am new to this. But is a cityscape merely any photo taken in a city that includes multiple buildings, people, and/or scenery??
I don't currently have a camera with which to go out taking pictures, so am going through my summer pictures for a suitable submission to these fun competitions, when I was lent a Nikon D40.
Would the following fit the definition... in your opinion?
While some judges might accept that as a cityscape, I would lean toward portraying a larger vista as a cityscape. I do lots of city work, and in my mind, I consider a shot like yours to be more of "street shooting," or a type of portrait.
A word about club competitions: There is a lot to be learned, in terms of how to portray your ideas effectively. However, two dangers arise:
1) to take the guidelines for composition as "rules" of how to see and compose your pictures, and to actually judge pictures on their conformity to the rules. That would disqualify 95% of the photographic art you will see in galleries and museums today. Take the "rules" as suggestions for consideration.
2) Concentrate on shooting what you see and are excited about, and doing it better. However, if you begin to shoot for what would please the judge you can lose your own vision, which should be at the root of developing your own style.
That said, a good photography club can be educational, stimulating and fun!