Volunteers, above, lift off the top of display case during cleaning at the Museum of Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.
It's been over 20 years since I last visited the museum, but with extra time before the Solar Eclipse, I dropped in.
The Museum of Fur Trade is large, with numerous displays on the history of North America. Included are a large collection of antique rifles, other weapons, textiles, tools and clothing.
The museum's brochure states they are, "Dedicated to preserving the history of the first business in North America - the fur trade."
The museum was established in 1949 at the former site of James Bordeaux's trading post. That trading post was established in 1837 by the American Fur Company.
I've posted over 30 images in this flickr album 2017 Museum of Fur Trade.
For the recent Solar Eclipse, I ended up on a ranch south of Hay Springs, Nebraska. No crowds at this location. I was able to enjoy the event with my cousins.
To shoot the eclipse, I used a Canon Powershot SX60 with its long zoom. The 65x zoom lens has has a 35mm equivalence to a 21mm to 1365mm lens. While it's not as sharp as a good long lens, it fit my budget. I added a solar filter and good tripod.
For the two weeks before the eclipse, I practiced shooting the sun. While using the solar filter, my exposures were normally at 1/20th a second at f/8. I used 200 ISO. In Lightroom I was able to keep the yellow color and add some redish glow around the sun.
During the full eclipse, above right, I removed the solar filer and found that the Powershot SX60 zoom lens added nice flare around the sun.
After the eclipse, I started working in Lightroom on the images. In the middle of the sun was this series of four dust spots - image above left. I started cloning them out. Wrong - after checking other images online, they were sun spots.
I posted these images and more on flickr: 2017 Solar Eclipse.
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