So, I’d plan a few fun adventures with him each week, which usually included going to the ROM for his bat cave ‘fix’. This planning was as much for him as it was for me; being a work-at-home Mom means that sometimes I lose track of time and, before I know it, we’ve stayed inside all day!
Needless to say, we have had a family membership ever since.
|They still love them: my kids in the ROM bat cave 🙂
Going to the ROM is something the whole family enjoys and it never gets old. But, despite having had my Nikon D3300 for almost a year now, I’ve never taken it along on any of our visits there. I think I was scared that I would lose my youngest while trying to capture the perfect shot! Luckily, my husband came with us when we visited the museum recently, so I was free to snap as many pictures as I wanted. Here’s a glimpse into our trip…
We had so much fun learning about the new dinosaur that was just discovered.
|We awaited the reveal of a new dinosaur species
Now that my daughter is old enough to read, the kids love checking out the interactive displays to find out more about the exhibits.
After many attempts at capturing images (especially of items behind glass) with my smartphone, I’m glad I had my Nikon D3300 camera with me this time. My favourite setting to shoot with is the aperture priority setting (“A” on the dial); this allows me to determine the amount of light that should be let in, and the camera determines the optimal shutter speed based on that setting. I find that the shots are brighter, and I’ve got greater control of shadows / highlights and depth of field, than when using Auto mode.
|Butterflies in the biodiversity wing are breathtaking
|Animals (sloth & macaw), dinosaur skeletons and fossils
|Carvings from the Egypt wing
Despite the fact that this mummy tomb (below) is encased in glass, the Nikon D3300 took a pretty crisp shot. The only downside is the reflection on the right side of image, which was unavoidable due to the direct lighting in the gallery. In contrast, the images of fish (further below) were all taken through thick glass as well, but in an area with more ambient/diffused lighting. The results are vastly different.
|My son loves the fish in the biodiversity wing of the ROM;
he visits his special “fishy friend” (the yellow one) every time we go!
|A mosaic ceiling inside the ROM; the Nikon D3300 handled the dim lighting with ease,
capturing every little detail
|Stunning stained glass windows
|True Canadiana – a totem pole
When visiting the ROM, be sure to inquire about the Earth Rangers show. My kids have seen it a few times and can’t get enough!
|One of the stars of the Earth Rangers show
The special events are fascinating as well… the kids loved the Forbidden City, Franklin Expedition (see picture below) and #DinoHunt exhibits, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Douglas Coupland exhibit soon.
|A replica bell from the recently discovered wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus
The ROM is truly one of my family’s favourite places to go. If you haven’t been there before, check their website for hours and visiting information.
I’m thrilled to have been able to capture – and share – some of my family’s favourite moments this past year, thanks to Nikon and Influence Central Canada! I love my Nikon D3300 and recommend it to all of the DSLR newbies like me, who want a compact-body camera that is capable and full-featured, but still easy to learn on (guide mode is awesome) and grow with (lenses are the next frontier!).
Images of loved ones and special times are priceless and I hope you take every opportunity you get to capture yours. 🙂
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my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.