I wish I could say I learned a lot about photography today by shooting in the worst conditions I’ve ever tried, but I can’t. I barely got any photos worth saving. We went to the Discovery Science Center today and here is what I learned:
- If you have two mobile kids, you need two able bodied adults. I am glad I never tried this alone, and next time I’ll wait until I’m out of my air cast/walking boot.
- This center is geared for children older than 5. That should be well advertised.
- Leave the camera at home. It’s impossible to get good shots with running toddlers, little to no lighting, and colored walls. I shot wide open at f/1.8, ISO 1600, and shutter speed 1/100, and I still was horribly underexposed. (I guess I could have used my flash, but honestly I don’t even know how to turn the onboard flash on I hate it that much.)
- I now know the panic feeling of losing your child in a crowd, thanks to Cooper. That kid disappears in an instant. I finally see why people use those kid leashes (although I still refuse to use them).
- I also know the panic of hockey pucks flying at my 2 yr old who isn’t wearing any padding and how I think nothing of the danger to myself in order to prevent my son from getting hurt. I think they should just have some helmets to try on for the younger kids…it would prevent this safety hazard. (There was a ‘goalie exhibit’ where you got to put on pads and a helmet and ‘save’ pucks that fly out of the wall. Cooper was obsessed with trying to get a helmet.)
- The gift store was the most exciting part about our visit, according to the kids.
- Lollipops in the car = one stressed out mama!
Charlotte looking up through this tunnel thing. I love the expression on her face. This photo was nearly unsalvageable. You can see Ashley’s attempt at an edit here, which I like better than my own edit.