After a spring thunderstorm, I took a drive to northern Callaway County, near Hatton, Missouri. There is a vast expanse of flat farmland just north of Interstate 70. The terrain is ideal for photographs with big skies. I drove down a lonely gravel road and found a recently plowed farm field covered in rainwater puddles. The water was reflecting the clouds while the sun shone down on the ground. I used my Sony A7RIII camera body with a Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens. The lens is perfect for shifting the sky up to emphasize the clouds with minimal wide-angle distortion. I highly recommend the manual focus Canon tilt-shift lenses for landscape and architectural photography. The Canon tilt-shift lenses are challenging to use because of the manual focus and the tilt & shift features. But, I use a Meta-Bones adapter on my Sony camera body and use the Sony focus peaking feature for a fast manual focus.

The photograph was taken with a Sony ILCE-7RM3 camera with a Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II lens at ƒ/8.0 with a 1/20-second exposure at ISO 50. The processing was done with Adobe Lightroom CC.

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