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Nightfall at Powell Lake
Powell Lake - Sonora Pass - California

Evening in the mountains is always beautiful, the air is clear and the stars are bright.

I went to Powell Lake with some of my photo students and we spent the evening making night shots of the lake and the stars. I captured an airplane flying over the Sierra crest towards Nevada.

It was warm that evening with ony a few mosquitos. zzzzzzzzt! /slap! :) As a result it was quite comfortable to sit out on the rocks and make photographs.

Night exposure sequences take a while, this was 5 frames each with an exposure time of 120 seconds. Including the time it took to adjust my tripod head it took 12 minutes to complete making the exposures for this picture.  

This is a 34 megapixel image made from a number of frames of Canon 5D Mark II data.



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