When it comes to sightseeing there aren't many views to beat this one; a gorgeous evening shot from the top of the Empire State Building in New York, taken by regular competition entrant and previous prize winner Steve Ayres, of Shipley, West Yorkshire. I wish we could show a larger version of this shot, because the level of detail is amazing, especially considering that it was shot at 3200 ISO. Perhaps not too surprising though, since Steve used his Canon EOS 5D MkII and an EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM lens, shooting at f/4 and 1/15th of a second.
Almost as famous is this view, shot by Steve Morgan of Swindon, Wiltshire. It's Half Dome Mountain in Yosemite National Park, most famously photographed by the great Ansel Adams. Steve has emulated the master by photographing in black and white, although using somewhat different equipment. Steve used a Nikon D200 with a 70-200mm Sigma lens at 70mm, and an aperture of f/2.8 and 1/320th of a second.
The ancient capitals of Europe can also provide some beautiful scenery, and one of the most photogenic is Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, as demonstrated here by Victoria Kuzmina of Moscow, Russia. Victoria explains: "This shot was taken from the top of Clock Tower at Old Square in Prague. This is view of three popular cafes, at one of them we used to drink beer (of course) and watch tower clock's performance every hour. Sepia effect was made in Adobe Photoshop CS4."