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Vernal Falls in the Winter
Yosemite Valley
I had arrived in Yosemite the prior evening after dusk and stayed in a luxurious tent cabin. I awoke at dawn to the most resounding silence. It had snowed during the night and it was continuing to snow...

I walked with my friends up the incredibly steep trail to Vernal Falls. At the base of the falls the mist staircase was impassably frozen so we stopped and waited for the snow to clear.

After sitting on a mist drenched rock with the darkcloth over my camera for a while the snow cleared momentarily and I captured this image.

This is a color image in which stark monochrome tonality of the falls is contrasted with a small patch of blue sky and green moss on the rocks.

This photograph was taken on Kodak VPS 160 using a 6x9 roll film holder with a 150mm Schneider lens using a Toyo 4x5 view camera.
 

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Fine art photography of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

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.