November 18th, 2013
If you are a prospective buyer or a longtime collector of Fine Art Photography, I penned an article you may find of interest. This months topic squarely addresses the needs of the buyer. Specifically, I will dwell on properly mounted artwork. Also the proper channels to consider when you decide to have your artwork framed locally as well as the pitfalls of settling for the inexpensive department store frames.
Please click on the link below to take you to the full article.
~Thomas Schoeller Photography
October 30th, 2013
This is a re-post article published on the official "New England Photographers Guild" website by highly respected professional wildlife photographer John Vose of Vermont. John is an avid naturalist and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to New England's native fauna. His ability to anticipate is remarkable, having not only the technical savvy to create spectacular avian imagery but almost a "sixth sense" with an extensive background into each species tendencies and habitat.
In this short article, John takes a look at......... well, exactly! How photographic artist SEE things differently. John and I are both members of the New England Photographers Guild and have teamed up twice during the fall foliage season of '13 for a different sort of quest. John points out in this article how he has been inspired by my personal "vision" and he also includes some of his newest artwork from our photo sessions as we traveled hundreds of miles from NH, VT, The Berkshires of Massachusetts and into N.Y. State and the verdant Litchfield Hills.
The interior barn image viewable here is my own from an abandoned Connecticut farm, the images embedded in John Vose' published article are all (c) copyright John Vose-Jericho Hills Photography.
Please click to enjoy the entire article!
September 19th, 2013
Planning an exciting fall foliage tour of the New England region this year? If the history rich state of Connecticut is on your list you should not pass up this article just published to the new England Photographers Guild website!
I'll take you on a virtually guided scenic tour of Connecticut's northwest corner we have coined "The Litchfield Hills". The Litchfield Hills are actually the southernmost hills of the fabled Berkshires. The Berkshires gently overflow the Mass./Ct. border and are ripe for outstanding scenic vistas and charming villages.
To read the entire article please click on the link provided below. I promise, you'll enjoy the ride!
August 19th, 2013
100% made in the USA, White Mountain Puzzles, Inc. has announced a new release from Fine Art photographer Thomas Schoeller.
This is a Super-Sized 30 x 24" puzzle made up of 1000 pieces manufactured by America's favorite puzzle company. The artwork is a Schoeller original from New Hampshire's spectacular Franconia Notch located in the scenic White Mountains. The subject is the "Sentinel Covered Bridge" captured during the peak October autumn foliage season!
If you love a challenge, and love New England's quintessential charm and character this is a puzzle you'll truly enjoy. The puzzles are priced at only $15.95 ea. and if you are thinking ahead to the Holiday gift giving season orders of $75.00 and up are FREE SHIPPING.
For more information about ordering, please click on the link provided below.
August 17th, 2013
To be a successful fine art photographer in today's very competitive market it takes much more than just being technically strong. The artist should display a sense of emotional connection to the scene they are photographing. Not only that, it is up to the photographer to allow their enthusiasm for the image they have created to flow through and make a connection with the viewer.
Often times, it takes multiple visits to a particular location to determine the best lighting situation and allow the subject to literally "speak" to the photographer before it is possible to create a masterpiece. Since the camera is only a cold blooded machine that does not understand your emotional connection to the scene before you, post production is just as important as having flawless technical skills. The camera's sensor can only record the information based on the exposure triangle settings (ISO-Shutter speed-aperture)
Obviously this takes a commitment on the part of the creator to expand their skill set beyond the comprehension scope of the exposure triangle and an effective composition! So where do you fall in? Does your artwork tell a story and connect to the viewer? Or do you fall short of your goals and just wait miserably for a sale to come your way?
In this article published on the "New England Photography Guild" website I take the reader on a voyage of Connecticut's revolutionary past of the historic and beautifully rustic Grist Mill of Kent as well as my techniques for finding your Artistic Inspiration.
For text and photographic images, please click on the link provided below to read the full article.
July 23rd, 2013
I've been conducting an short series of affordable, hands on and practical photography workshops at my Litchfield County Gallery/Studio. This is a wonderful gateway into becoming more familiar with your brand new D-SLR camera and an opportunity to learn from a seasoned professional landscape photographer.
Classes are conducted on weekends, and can accommodate single students or as many as 10 (max)
Just bring your camera body, a lens, fully charged battery and whatever form of recording media your camera uses (Compact Flash or SD cards)
For more information, please click the link below which takes you to my official homepage website.
July 21st, 2013
Connecticut can offer up it's fair share of challenges for nature and landscape photographers................
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Be sure to visit the official homepage at http://www.ThomasSchoeller.Photoshelter.com
September 25th, 2012
It's been a few weeks since my last bloggy. The 2013 "Scenic New England" calendar has been recieved quite well. To be honest, it looks like next year we will once again have to double the order to meet a growing demand and customer base. We've stocked the stores all around Litchfield County Ct. and as far as order fulfillment we have scarce inventory left, so if you want to retain a copy be sure to contact me so we can email off a PayPal invoice and ship one or more out to you.
Recieved an email that was really nice to read, I've been informed by the good folks at BetterPhoto that I've been selected as a finalist for the August 2012 photography contest that was held. From the data they supplied, I made the cut right down to the final 6% of all accumulative entries. This is always an honor since this is judging by a panel of professionals with a background in fine art photography, as opposed to art contest where votes can be solicited or it's only a "peoples choice". I've pasted the letter from BP Support staff, hopfully I'll be fortunate to win one of these photography contest for the Third time!
Congratulations! You have placed as a finalist in this month's BetterPhoto
Contest! Over 10800 photos were entered into the competition; it is an honor
to have your image selected among the top 657 finalist photos.
Your finalist photo: Jordan Pond~Acadia National Park (#13202244)
This image can be viewed - along with all of the finalist images - at:
During the next few days, the judges select the top winning photos. If
your image is selected as a winner, you will be emailed again.
BetterPhoto Customer Support
August 3rd, 2012
My bloggy for the day.. Last weekend had an absolutely exhilerating photo safari along the Acadian coast. I have finally been able to capture 2 compositions in the perfect lighting conditions that have eluded me since I began shooting scenic landscape nature! The first one is viewable right here in my blog. This is "Otter Cliffs" photographed from the Boulder beach at Monument Cove. To get this, one needs to be hittin' the road by 3:30 AM and have your headlamp secured to your noggin and equipment packed to your back to scramble over the soaking wet boulders and find your pre determined shooting location. I use a Singh-Ray vari ND filter to hold back the light to make exposures of 2-4 minutes to capture the ethereal movement of water.
The alpine glow I was able to capture is not a common occurrence here. Acadia recieves more rainy days than anyplace in the US except for the Pacific Northwest. Then you have the possibility of a fog bank controlling the lighting. I've been after this shot for such a long time, finally have my own original to add to the gallery.
Thanks to the good folks over at Flickr who have already noticed this on my Stock photostream and added this to "Flickr Explore!"
June 2nd, 2012
The long awaited and anticipated day has finally arrived, the day when all the artist who either have high hopes of acceptance or the invited "by council" artist enter their artwork for consideration. The art show is held at Boehringer-Ingelheim of Ridgefield, Ct, and this is the 26th year for the prestigous event. I have donated an 18x24 framed and matted print of my artwork titled "Sparks Lane-Cades Cove", and am entering (2) 22x30 framed and a 30x32 framed which will be displayed on the gallery wall. In addition, I am selling 25 matted 13x19 prints being displayed by an artist canvas rack.
110 artist had high hopes of being accepted this year, and 9:00 am was the start of the process for the juried event. My drive into the well manacured grounds was quite impressive. You are directed to a gorgeous reception area, park your vehicle and you are met by event staff who happily assist you and your artwork indoors and supply a handy rollaway cart. From here you navigate to the reception foyer where the staff further assist you with a nicely organized and planned out strategy in which to register and record your work (for the gallery walls) The next step became quite a surprise and shock to many, as all the artwork seperated by artist name, is wheeled into a seperate lounge area. The artwork is scrutinized by esteemed judges and either selected for/approved or denied entry into the art show. Only a select few paintings and photographs were approved during the time I was witnessing the process. I'm guessing roughly 66% of the framed artwork had not been approved.
As I watched my cart go through the glass doors I decided to have a cup of coffee and mingle as the judges perused the grouping of artwork. I was told someone would be calling the artist by name in the foyer to review the status. Somehow, I was actually invited in for a "visit" to the back room. I was between a state of confusion, a touch of anger mixed with giddy anticipation as I just had no idea what to expect. Any self doubt was immediately soothed away as I was met with a sincere look into my eyes and a smile, followed by honest praise of my work and many questions about the process and technique. The judge compared my "Castle Hill Lighthouse" print to a painter he is familiar with as the highest possible compliment.
So next step is the actual event, June 7th to be held at the Boehringer-Ingelheim headquarters in Ridgefield. With any luck, we make a few sales and raise some money for a wonderful charity at the same time!