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Clouds Lowering Over Cathedral Spires
Yosemite Valley
The weather conditions in the Sierra are mercurial. Often in a matter of a few minutes the conditions will change so dramatically that the scene will become totally different or become completely obscured.

I had set up my camera and the clouds above the Cathedral Spires were lowering rapidly. Just as I had the camera set and was getting my film holders ready a life-flight helicopter landed in the meadow with the tail boom impinging into the left side of the frame.

The scene was so dramatic that despite my peers admonitions to give it up I exposed the film. I never for a moment suspected that years later I would be able to digitally retouch the helicopter out of the photo but, it is really gone. Sometimes life is very good!

This photograph was taken on Kodak 4x5 Super-XX with a 90mm Schneider lens using a Graphic View II camera.
 

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Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Legacy images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200, Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony A7r.

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Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a photographer and facilitating S3-Photowalk.com which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.