About Tom Sheckels
Tom was born in Bozeman, Montana, moved to Amherst, Massachusetts as a child and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. A professional engineer, Tom has lived in New Jersey since 1976 when he began his career as an Environmental Engineer for the Navy. He has over thirty years of environmental experience which has included the clean up of past hazardous waste dump sites and working with the clean water programs. Tom has traveled extensively for work and pleasure, and has found inspiration for his photography in many diverse and unique places, urban and remote, near and far.
Tom has always loved photography, recalling that as a child, his first was a Kodak Baby Brownie camera. He learned the trade of photo developing in his fatherís basement darkroom where all the family photos came to life. As digital photography emerged in the early 2000ís and with Tomís computer skills, his passion for photography took off again. Tom produces beautiful landscape panoramic photographic images.
The eyes can only see so much when looking straight ahead, similarly, such is the case with most camera shots; the field of view is relatively narrow. But people tend to look around to take in an entire wonderful scene and that is what he is recreating with his panoramic images. It's a wider field of view but without losing the clarity in the image. Stitching multiple photos together, he makes images that provide a huge amount of detail, resolution, color and show great composition. Tom has amazing panoramic images in his inventory, from local cityscapes to landscapes in extremely remote parts of the world.
Tomís series of wildlife images, taken during the expeditions to Svalbard near the North Pole, Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, and the Island of South Georgia in the Southern Atlantic Ocean show an exotic array of uncommon and colorful creatures in their natural habitat. Photographed wildlife includes Penguins, Albatross, Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Polar Bear, Flamingos, Iguanas, Tortoises, Boobies, and a host of other intriguing birds and animals.
In June, 2006, the Navy's Northeast Environmental Office closed, Tom retired and proceeded to set up a small Photography business. Now as you can see from his glowing protfolio, Tom produces photo imagery in several areas. His love is large, high resolution Panoramic Images from around the world, but also does the Art and Product Photography, Architectural Photography, Large Groups and Events, and the Photo Sculptures.
Tom resides in Moorestown, New Jersey with his wife Lydia and is often seen walking Phoebe, a Pug around the block.