Sometimes black and white photographs elicit just the right feelings for a scene. I generally prefer color shots, but here's a black and white conversion that I like because of the dramatic stormy skies overhead as the sun sets in Dunedin, Florida. The grain gives it a bit of a classic feel as well.
I've been wanting to shoot a sunrise at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from this vantage point. I wasn't expecting a band of dramatic clouds high overhead, but I'm very happy they were there. Typically I like long exposures to smooth out the surface of the water. Here I used a fast shutter speed to capture the birds flying in the shot and retain more of the fine detail in the clouds.
Summer in Tampa means lightning -- lots of it. Here's one of the better shots I have made so far this lightning season. Getting good shots of the lightning has been much trickier than I had anticipated. Often the storms that produce lightning roll past pretty quickly before I can get in position. And other times there are just a few strikes but not enough to have success capturing them.