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    And there is a book by Weston Naef, "Carleton Watkins in Yosemite", that accompanies the exhibit. Order from Getty bookstore.

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    Jim..In a book I have it is said he possibly used a Grubb-C in his early 1860's work but had to cut off the corners due to the lack of coverage for his mammoth plates and dicarded it for a wide-angled lens which he used for the 1865-66 Yosemite Survey pictures. They began to show much more space in the photos and he ceased cutting the corners of the photos after the purchase of the wide lens.....From a great book I bought at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft.Worth called CARLETON WATKINS--THE ART OF PERCEPTION....hope this helps...........Tav

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    I am going to see the show at the Getty in about 3 weeks. Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brickbird View Post
    Jim..In a book I have it is said he possibly used a Grubb-C in his early 1860's work but had to cut off the corners due to the lack of coverage for his mammoth plates and dicarded it for a wide-angled lens which he used for the 1865-66 Yosemite Survey pictures. They began to show much more space in the photos and he ceased cutting the corners of the photos after the purchase of the wide lens.....From a great book I bought at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft.Worth called CARLETON WATKINS--THE ART OF PERCEPTION....hope this helps...........Tav
    That fits very well as some of the earliest photos have the framing with the rounded corners at the top. Sort of gothic looking. Someone here mentioned the 2 element globe lens which seems very possible. With 18X22 you wouldn't need the kind of lpmm that we consider necessary these days.
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    Actually the lens Watkins was using was the Harrison & Schnitzer American Globe lens.
    One actually was auctioned in recent years and the following website has three nice images of a good copy of the lens.

    http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/3633920

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    I was going to say globe lens as well... or perhaps something like my Darlot Hemispherique Extra Rapide. Not sure of the production dates on the Hemispherique, but mine is a 210-ish f8 and covers whole plate - supposedly a #2 size. I think they came up to a #5 or #6, which might have had the coverage to hit the corners on 18x22.

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    Carleton Watkins

    worth it just for the stereograms

    He was a 19th century (US-)western ULF photographer.

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    Three threads merged.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    I've believed for a long time that the only reason that so many herald St. Ansel instead of St. Watkins is the incredibly strong development of national marketing that accompanied Ansel's time period. Watkins' achievements boggle the mind.

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    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    Ansel also had a more dramatic style facilitated by panchromatic films, and he had easier printing methods, but I agree that mass communication was also part of the Adams phenomenon.
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