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El Cap in the Mist - 03-07-09
Yosemite Valley - California

March 07 - 2009 

We came to Yosemite to see if we could capture the Horsetail Falls Firefall effect and the weather was wonderful.

Clear and not too cold. We thought we were dialed in but as fate would have it right at 4:30 as we were looking for a camera position a couple of clouds drifted over the top and settled on the cliff blocking the rays of light that would have illuminated the falls.

This is the kind of picture that it can normally take a number of passes to capture so I had limited expectations for the first try.

Regardless I came away with some really nice shots and my students enjoyed the trip so it was a wonderful experience. 

This is El Cap with the clouds settling on it with a dose of painterization from Kais Pyramid Paint to further emphasize the Japanese Brush Painting effect that I was seeing in my previsualization of the scene. It is always nice when the previsualization comes out without the need for excessive postvisualization.

This is a 10 megapixel image from a Nikon D200. 




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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 which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.