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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 242.5, Below 241-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1926)

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Stake 1926, 11 March 1890 View Larger Image
11 March 1890
Because Stanton had little control of his camera’s exposures, and light meters had not even been invented yet, some of his views are overexposed. Stanton’s upstream view shows a bare scree slope to the left leading directly into the river. A large shrub, possibly a creosote bush, is cut off on the right side.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-689, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1926, 11 March 1998 View Larger Image
11 March 1998
The most striking aspect of this match is the rise in water level, the result of Lake Mead water level that was high at this time. The original camera station is well under water, as is evidence from changes in the skyline details and the view angle on the midground cliffs. This image, taken from a boat using a hand-held 35 mm camera, encompasses a smaller field of view than Stanton’s photograph.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

Stake 1926, 25 April 2011 View Larger Image
25 April 2011
Years of drought across the Southwestern United States resulted in a lowering of the reservoir level between the first and second matches. Stanton’s camera station is now just above the level of the lake, enabling us to accurately replicate his photograph with a 4 x 5 view camera. The large flat rock visible along the water line at right center, clearly visible in the 1890 image, has not moved. Above this rock, a dead stump, possibly from a catclaw, may persist from a tree alive in 1890. In the lower right corner, some dead plant material may also remain from Stanton’s time. Seepwillow and tamarisk dominate the banks of the reservoir.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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