Spectacular view in Ste. Genevieve County

As we head into Fall, a good way to enjoy the nice weather and take in the scenery is to visit a local winery near you. Many of these places are set on high hills or bluffs which provide spectacular views. This photo was taken for from one of Chaumette Winery’s Chalets overlooking farms surrounding Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Chaumette Chalets

With Fall just around the corner now is the time to start thinking about heading out to a local winery or an interesting B&B out in the country. This is a photo of the “Chalets” at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery near scenic St. Genevieve, Missouri. Chaumette has it all: winery, restaurant and their beautiful Chalets.

This area actually sits high in the rolling hills in the area. The views are spectacular. My wife ad I spent the night in one of the Chalets and I ventured out early one morning to capture the sunrise.

Old Barn

Missouri’s St. Genevieve, situated in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, is an old historic town surrounded by scenic countryside. Here is an old barn restored by a local winery.

Five Mile Creek School House

If you drive in rural areas you can still find one room schoolhouses. Here is a well maintained example in northern Michigan. Interestingly the school yard is now a vineyard for a neighboring winery. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Using wide lenses to add drama

I used to think that getting in tight on a subject may make a more interesting photo and, that may be the case. However, over the years I have noticed that the wide lenses add more drama and so I have been adding wider and wider lenses to my stock over time. This photo is of a simple porch. However, the 10mm lens used here provides interesting converging lines and a dramatic sky, making a less than ordinary subject interesting. This was done with a Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 lens on my Nikon D7100 (3 shot HDR, processed in Photomatix and Lightroom).

Also see: Improving your photos during the Golden Hour