Rather than using a tilt shift lens on tall spired churches, I prefer a standard wide angle to reinforce the effect of sky-piercing height. A dramatic sky helps as well.
After our most recent two day snowstorm and my endless shoveling I had to get out the moment it ended. This was photographed at golden hour looking across the Niagara River towards the frozen shore of Goat Island. The top of the American Falls can be seen on the right edge. By the time I was done all my gear and myself were coated in ice. It was about 20 degrees and the wind was blowing west to east. It was all worth it in the end I think.
Every morning is different when the sun rises above Niagara Falls. If I could, I would be out there every morning, rain, snow or shine to capture that beauty. Crossing the border on a daily basis isn't practical but I go as often as I can. Usually you hope for some clouds to play with the colors a bit but this morning was clear and the colors were intense. Having the sun diffused by the mist had a major role in that appearance.
Autumn image taken in the depths of the forest on the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park in Maine. Lots of gorgeous moss and pine trees with beautiful splashes of sunlight.
Wide angle image of the sun setting on the rocks at Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, California. The soft light gently illuminates the sky and ocean while reflected light gives a cool tone to the rocks.
The iconic image representing Carmel, Pebble Beach and 17-mile drive in Central California. This is truly the most photographed location in this area and I wanted my image to be special. I decided to do a toned B&W image with a long-exposure (100 seconds) to allow the clouds and waves to move and soften the background with the harsh reality of the cypress and rocks in the foreground.
Early morning amongst the rocks at Asilomar Beach after the fog burns off. Image photographed 11/15/2016