Sunset from Walpi THE GREATEST TRIUMPH IN PHOTOGRAPHY THE FIRST TIME THE SUN HAS EVER BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED |URING the last week of August, 1902, Dr. Baum, the Editor of Records of the Past, while on an expedition to the Southwest for the purpose of investigating the Pueblo and Cliff ruins of that region, visited the Pueblo villages of the Hopi Indians at and near Walpi, Arizona. One afternoon while on the Walpi Mesa, the sky became overcast with clouds from a spent storm in the distant San Francisco range of mountains, the first time for many weeks. Dr. Baum, with two of his assistants, Messrs. Lorin A. Clancy and Charles M. Scarborough, decided to remain upon the mesa until after sunset for the purpose of photographing the various cloud effects. Only those who have had the rare good fortune of seeing the beautiful sunsets over the mesas and mountains of the deserts of the Southwest know of their glories, for the artist has never been able to transfer them to canvas. On this occasion, as the sun neared the horizon and the plain below the Walpi Mesa lay in the deepen- ing shadows of the coming night, the clouds lifted dbove the distant mesa leaving a clear strip of sky. Several plates were exposed until after the sun had disappeared from sight. The gem of the views made shows the sun distinctly defined in the clear sky about one-third below the horizon, the clouds being illuminated with the beautiful hues of one of the most glorious sunsets ever seen in that region. The view was made with a camera designed by and built under the direction of Dr. Baum. The focaLplain shutter was set at about the 1,500th part of a second. A Goerz lo^-inch focus lens was used with wide open aperture on a 31^ by 4^^ L. Ortho Seed plate. An enlarged print from the original negative has been colored by Mr. De Lancy Gill, of the Bureau of Ethnology, one of the foremost water color artists in this country. Mr. Gill has frequently visited the Southwest and is familiar with the peculiar tints of the sunsets of that region. He has had the advice of Dr. Baum, concerning the special tints appearing in this sunset, so that the colored photograph is as true to nature as human art can make it. This photograph in water colors has been accurately reproduced in the three-color pro- cess by the Patterson & White Company, of Philadelphia, on heavy India tinted paper, and is regarded as a rare work of art. Both the original photograph and reproduction have been copyrighted. PRICES OF REPRODUCTIONS In colors, on heavy India tinted paper, 10 X i2>^ inches $i.oo Black and white, Platinotype print, ii x 14 inches, unmounted . . . i.oo mounted 1.50 Lantern slides from the original negative, plain 50 Colored, after Mr. Gill's water colored photograph . . . . ' 1.50 We furnish lantern slides of all illustrations appearing in RECORDS OF THE PAST at 50 cents each, or $5.00 per dozen. Transparencies in black and white, in any size up to 14X 17 inches for 5 cents per square inch. Transparencies colored, in any size up to 14 x 17 inches, for 10 cents per square inch. The plain and colored Transparencies are made by Mr. John K. Hillers, the celebrated photographer and colorer of Transparencies, who was with the late Maj. Powell on his expedition through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River and for many years the Ofificial Government Photographer of the Geological Survey, and has made many visits to the Southwest. Subscribers to RECORDS OF THE PAST can have the reproduction in colors for 50 cents. Address all communications to Records of the Past Exploration Society . Third Street, S. E.. Washington. D. C.
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