One of the things that immediately drew me to the California hills was the brilliant golden color scheme of the inland valleys.
I was living in Santa Barbara where it was green but we would sometimes go hike in the Santa Ynez valley where it was strictly a golden world.
These hills have a strongly reminiscent memory for me of those hikes around Figuroa mountain.
I have had a 6 foot print of this hanging in my bedroom for a while and it is wonderful, you can nearly smell the dried grasses.
These images are composites of multiple frames of film or digital stripped together by hand in Photoshop.
Prints come in 30, 48, 72 and 96 inch sizes. There are several presentations available, canvas on narrow stretchers for framing, canvas on deep stretchers for a frameless presentation and panel laminated art paper for a water resistant presentation.
Fine art photography, free desktops and free e-cards 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 e-commerce 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. Many of the 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 and a Canon 5D Mark II.
We offer archival quality prints in a wide variety of sizes and media. We print on a variety of heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8100 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks.
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 new media artist and facilitating a photographic education and street level art outreach program through the Fremont Art Association in Fremont California.