I am working on shooting old churches in small towns, and I find that the churches are often very tall, so naturally I want to move far away to capture the whole structure while minimizing converging lines to preserve the architectural "integrity." The problem is that, in the small towns, many of the surrounding buildings are packed in so close to the church that it is difficult to shoot from a distance without obscuring much of the bottom of the church. Furthermore, due to the nature of the tight proximity with other buildings, a tilt shift lens cannot really provide much assistance (I actually have one and have tried).
With all this in mind, my goal is not actually to avoid converging lines or distortion. Rather, I would love for others to share examples where photographers actually handle these problems gracefully, and create beautiful imagery. Does anyone have any great examples of shooting taller structures from nearby? I am currently attempting to use a 16-35mm range, so perhaps an emphasis on good practices with wide angle lenses though I am open to other, longer focal lengths are also OK.