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Thom Schoeller is a well-recognized artist working in the medium of Fine Art Nature photography. Home-based in Connecticut, he travels throughout North America photographing scenes featuring nature and rural American landscapes. Perhaps he's best known for his portfolio depicting idyllic rural and coastal regions of New England.
In Addition to his Landscape and nature photography, Thom leads Photography Workshops and classes for SLR and Mirrorless systems in his native Litchfield County region and also provides professional Portraits on location as a service.
He loves traveling, researching, and executing well-planned excursions. After carefully processing his favorite images from every session, the results are made available to purchase on this web-gallery as luxurious Fine-Art print formats for wall decor.
Early on, Thom was deeply inspired by the grand landscapes of photographers David Muench and Galen Rowell. He also had a keen interest in the particularly fascinating style of Eliot Porter and to this day, Thom feels Porter's intimate landscapes made the biggest impact on his personal style.
On location at Second Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.
Thom has sold over 1000 artworks to date and can be found in public/private and corporate collections on 4 continents. Most notably, his works are exhibited at the UConn Health inpatient care center, the Yale-New Haven art wing, the Cottage Hospital public art gallery in Woodford New Hampshire, and the SUNY Whiteface Residence Hall in Plattsburgh NY. In the summer of 2018, Thom also had 3 large pieces installed at the McConnel Air Force base in Kansas.
In addition to Public Collections, Thom provided one of his best selling prints titled "Pride" for use as an artwork set-prop for the hit CBS TV drama NCIS New Orleans. The CBS art studio framed the print and placed it on the set for filming episodes that aired in November of 2014.
Thom donates 1% of all nature print proceeds for various environmental and conservation awareness issues.
Thom's works have been published often for numerous magazines, books, calendars, brochures, and National news media. Popular titles such as National Geographic Traveler, Yankee Magazine, Runners World, Poets & Writers, Coastal Connecticut, and Season's Magazine to name a few. The USA Today also featured his work in Travel and Leisure, and similar stories published nationwide following the Yankee Magazine article "25 Best towns in New England to see the Fall Foliage".
In October of 2010, the NY Times News Service interviewed Thom to provide some Pro's photography tips for tourist visiting New England during the autumn leaf-peeping season. The interview was widely published in major media markets throughout the US and eastern Canada.
Thom also has been working with White Mountain Puzzles, Inc. since 2014. His works as puzzles have been distributed and sold throughout the globe. If you are enjoying a day exploring the Vermont countryside, be sure to stop in any unique gift shops, bookstores or one of the Vermont Country Store locations where his New England themed puzzles are usually on the shelves.
I am in awe of nature, the amazing beauty and increasingly fragile eco-system that our planet has bestowed upon us. We as humans are all deeply connected to nature, even if it may not seem obvious in your daily lives. Mother Nature provided us with a remarkable gift filled with beauty, resources, nutrients, and even materials for shelter. These gifts are meant to be celebrated!
As a landscape & nature photographer, I am driven by nature's awe-inspiring beauty to capture scenes great and small in ways that express my deepest feelings. I can think of no greater joy, the urge is in fact instinctual. These are euphoric feelings that have been shaped by my personal life experiences.
My Goal as a Fine Art Nature & Landscape photographer is to tell a story through my work that you can relate to and be inspired by. I strive to create impactful images that evoke emotional or spiritual responses or conjure up wonderful memories of places you may have visited. Through my work, I am able to express my profound reverence for the locations I've intimately experienced, explored and photographed. Each exposure is but a brief, fleeting moment, captured forever that will never be exactly duplicated.
A Fine art Photograph is both technically sound and artistically inspiring. The technical process is wrapped around meticulous attention to detail. A process that is deliberate, takes perseverance, patience, and then executed with great care. Artistic inspiration comes from a personal level that includes my own life's experiences. I only photograph scenes that inspire me, and I compose the scenes to allow my subject to reveal their essence. A technically excellent photograph straight from the camera is bland and lifeless without the artist personal expression. This is what makes each fine art photographer's work unique.
Post Processing is just as important as the technical aspect of composing and exposure. Each RAW file image goes through corrective post-processing in Lightroom with adjustments to contrast, tonal range, clarity, highlights and shadow adjustments, sharpness, color saturation, and hue. I perfected a technique (Focus stacking) in which I blend multiple bracketed images with different focal points to achieve maximum sharpness (Depth of Field) front to back in Adobe Photoshop. I also use other advanced Exposure Blending techniques for scenes with a greater range of light and dark (dynamic range) than the camera's sensor can capture as well as Motion Blending that eliminates unwanted movement in foliage or other elements when making very long exposures. None of the nature images on my website are composites where subjects are combined from different images taken at different times to create a scene which does not exist in nature.
Great Light is an essential element, I feel each scene should be captured in appropriate light or a mood created by atmospheric conditions such as fog or mist. To be present when these elements are combined are rewarding, in fact exhilarating! Sharing these moments through my photography is equally as rewarding. I typically seek out the marginal lighting conditions just before the sun rises for alpenglow effect and from sunset through dusk when the landscape really comes alive. Details in the shadows are preserved, colors are rich and vibrant and the brightest light is soft as silk.
I Guarantee to you that the photographs on my website are my Original work. Each photograph is created by using settings I felt worked best to capture the elements that presented themselves at the moment of capture. Further, each artwork has been post-processed to express my personal connection with the subject and my artistic inspiration.
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