Cooksey-Talbott's Vertical Panorama Landscapes


Ralph Cooksey-Talbott is a landscape photographer who studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite in the 1970's. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Technique Manual." Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that's the name he's worked under ever since.

Cooksey is currently doing vertical panoramic photography that is reminiscent in composition to monumental Asian landscape ink-on-silk paintings. He calls them Vertoramas and I think they are exceptionally beautiful. Besides selling prints, Cooksey provides many of his images as free desktop pictures (here's some zipped sets or just check for a Free Desktop link across the top when you're browsing his galleries). And he's also put up a lot of informative tutorial articles and videos on his site.

--Bruce (Thanks, Howard!)

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery

(Shawn Connally and Bruce Stewart are guest bloggers)


  1. I do like the vertical-panorama format. Very reminiscent of the vertical-hanging scroll paintings, or painted folding screens, from China and Japan.

    #1: Yeah, the pinup gatefold form-factor is similar… but that’s neglecting the “infinite depth of field” effect that he’s getting out of these panoramics, since he’s able to focus separately on near and far field. Not to mention the extremely wide angle of view, which is a lot more flattering to nature than it would be to a human.

    Hm. I wonder what would happen if you combined this with the extended-dynamic-range techniques? Hyperrealism, anyone?

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