February 21st, 2012
Just recieved my (2) complimentary issues from the managing editor of Poets & Writers. They purchaced a limited use to publish my "Old Town Key West" to accompany the article on the Key West Literary Seminar. Beautiful center spread! The image graces page 54-55, with the photo credit appearing on ppg. 56. Thanks again to Suzanne Pettypiece, I'm proud to have had my artwork featured in such a distinguished magazine.
January 18th, 2012
As of this writing I am near completion of a full update of new Fine Art print sizes to the gallery. At the request of my customers, I am now creating a smaller sized option available. Previously the smallest print you were able to purchase was the 16". This new size option does not apply to the Acrylic Print product! All Acrylics start at the 16" base size.
The newest additions can now be ordered in a 12" so customers no longer have to settle for a standard 5x7 greeting cards. Please note, the "default dimensions" will vary from print to print depending on the final crop created during post processing. A standard, uncropped format 12" print will usually print at 12x8.
December 26th, 2011
The idea has been dormant in the dark corners of my brain for a while. My earliest endeavors of learning the trade of photography found me combining it along with my extreme passion for the American muscle car and Hot Rods in general. As a teenager and into my early 20's I'd pour through the best automotive magazines and study how the featured automobiles were photographed. Taking note of the background, the lack of distracting elements, the use of selective focus and wondering how in the hell did they get that chome trim to sparkle like that?
By the latter 1980's, I became a regular contributor to magazines such as Musclecar Review and MoPar Performance and found myself being asked to photograph privately owned cars by their owners on a regular basis. However, the call of the wild turned my focus from the automotive world to devoting my passion of photography to scenic landscapes and nature. I never really completely put down the automotive photography side of it, but it sure did take a back seat to my travels across the Rocky Mountains of Montana , Idaho and Wyoming.
Well this is just to let ya know, CARS are baaaack, and I have been devoting more time to capturing the fine lines and wild colors of the Muscle Car and classic collectible car hobbyist. My latest Automotive Gallery will be growing at a fast pace to catch up with the rest of my portfolio, so if your an Automotive enthusiast stay tuned....
November 20th, 2011
Despite the devastation and carnage brought on by what apparently is a once in a lifetime event, I managed to squeeze out of my driveway, slide under downed trees and powerlines and hike in to a scenic spot along the beautiful Shepaug River. A photoshoot capturing the rare event, as the storm cleared out and sunlight bathed the bottoms of the fast moving stormclouds with warm tones happened.
Nature, in all its fury can do it's damage with such grace and elegance. Seems a juxtaposition of terminology, but to understand the history and geology of such scenic backdrops like the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone National Park you understand how nature imposes it's will and artistic creation. Those creations however took millions of years up violent upheaval. A winter storm in October on the other hand, well being a nature photographer it's my job to capture those brief moments. The lighting, the drama, the mood and atmosphere and create an image customers will purchase and proudly display. Two images have been uploaded to my galleries portraying the amazing beauty of the event, so feel free to peruse the galleries and view the latest images!
November 19th, 2011
Sincere thanks to ALL of my customers for helping make my 2012 published calendar such a success! The final 2 issues have been shipped on 11-18 which translates to only 7 weeks from the first issue sold. Many copies have been shipped abroad to destinations in Europe, Australia and our Armed Forces on duty in Afghanistan.
October 21st, 2011
Spent the better part of the last two weeks exploring nooks and crannys from the rolling hills of Upstate New York just east of Lake George, and so far as the border of Maine and New Hampshire. The Nikons and my assortment of lenses surely recieved a healthy workout, capturing some dramatic autumn scenic landscapes and even re-visiting a few classic Vermont locations. The most recent few days have been a marathon of post editing RAW files on some of the most simplistic exposures that were not High Dynamic Range images or stitching panoramas. We'll attack those that require more time within the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, please be sure to check back often to peruse the latest images we add to the portfolio of galleries!
October 12th, 2011
One leg of our journey has been completed, having the good fortune to stay at a beautiful country cabin owned by friends straddling the Vermont border with New York over the Columbus day weekend. The tourist locations sure were crouded. The weather was almost too nice, as bright sunny skies prevailed which provides flat, featureless lighting for the landscapes I was seeking. However this gave me opportunities to scout locations for the next morning and the golden sunlight of the low sun over the horizon. Managed to capture at least a dozen quality images for a number of uses. The autumn colors in Bennington and Rutland counties were nearing peak for what is widely known as a tragic year for natures annual awesome display of colors. Hurricane Irene pounded the area with tropical storm winds in August and extreme surplus rains made for conditions that allows a mold to develop which alters the fiery colors of fall which we all love.
The next leg begins Friday, and once again Vermont is the target of my assortment of lenses. The final two days will be searching the quaint villages of west central and southwest New Hampshire.
September 1st, 2011
Through my official homepage website http://www.ThomasSchoellerPhotography.com This is a 12 month wall hanger that measures standard 17" x 11" opened on display. Cost is $15.95 each, which includes shiping via USPS ground~sold in the USA only.
July 17th, 2011
Returned from a weekend in Newport Rhode Island, with the lighthouse at Castle Hill the featured subject. Oh how the weatherman was co-operative and provided me with the most wonderful, wispy clouds that move ever so slowly way up in the atmosphere. The sidelighting was not as dramatic as I had for the Point Judith job last August, however the post sunset colors reflecting off the high cirrus clouds more than made up for it. Results are being published in the "Maritime" gallery.
June 19th, 2011
The week of June 5th was a marathon, beginning with an 817.6 mile/14 hour drive and no layover. Destination Townsend, Tennessee which is a quiet corner located a mere 1 mile from one of the National Park byways. Months of research went into deciding how to best use my available limited time in an efficient manner. Scouting for the best time to be at a specific location always pays off. No day started later than 5:20 am, most began at 4 am. The photoshoots all went well past sunset, as the post sunset colors are often dramatic.
On my list of subjects were locations in Cades Cove. a Euro-American settlement from the early 1800's which was once home to roughly 700 people. By the 1930's, the Cove was to be included in the National Park. Several buildings remain in this secluded location, now preserved as a tribute to those families. My personal favorite location within the park is not a preserved homestead, in fact it is merely one of the "loop roads" within the Cove itself called Sparks Lane. Nothing more than a gravel road which is now over an old horse and buggy trail, lined with mature Oak and Black Walnut trees and surrounded by meadows and not too distant mountain scenery. As the sun rises, casting it's soft golden hue upon the scene still cloaked in a light mist it is a sight to behold. I was fortunate to capture the moment on two seperate locations, from different perspectives and under unique lighting conditions.
Mid -day lighting was far less co-operative. Bright sunny and hot conditions were the norm so we used the opportunity to scout locations suitable for more diffused lighting and for long exposures to create silky smooth ethereal water. By Thursday my dream came true, thunderstorms encroached the area by noon and the rains cleansed the dusty atmosphere and livened up the flora. The moss covered rocks along the rivers appeared to glow, and a soft fog was a most welcome addition to the atmosphere. For the professional nature photographer, this is heaven. No risk is too dangerous to capture the perfect composition! My favorite scenic landscape along a river was the North Carolina side of GSMNP, along the Oconaluftee River.
It's been just over a week since my return to the scenic Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. To view the gallery or purchase prints, I've posted a brand new Gallery "Great Smoky Mountains". www.thomas-schoeller.artistwebsites.com