The Eye of the Camera

Jaclyn Lattanza captures images in Port Jefferson to complete her JRN 320 Scavenger Hunt assignment.

This Scavenger Hunt was definitely not your traditional hunt. In fact, it was more difficult than just collecting items. It tested my ability to observe my surroundings and to portray ordinary items in interesting ways. Enjoy!

Blue

Port Jefferson, NY - As the summer comes to an end, a broken shovel washes up from the Long Island Sound and waits to be retrieved by its owner.
Port Jefferson, NY – As the summer comes to an end, a broken shovel washes up from the Long Island Sound and waits to be retrieved by its owner.

As I was walking on the sand by the Long Island Sound, I noticed this light blue shovel that was broken and abandoned. I saw the small waves crash over it and the sand become softer. It reminded me of when I used to play in the sand at the beach when I was younger.

Red

Stony Brook, NY - Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, James Joy, a graduate student for Student Activities at Stony Brook University, plants a pinwheel in the ground outside the Melville Library on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Stony Brook, NY – Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, James Joy, a graduate student for Student Activities at Stony Brook University, plants a pinwheel in the ground outside the Melville Library on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

When I saw students planting pinwheels in the ground in honor of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, I just knew I wanted to capture it. Joy’s bright red polo and sunglasses made him a perfect subject.

Weather Related:

Port Jefferson Station, NY - A bumblebee pollinates a pink Achillea plant on a warm September day before its colony begins its hibernation period during the winter.
Port Jefferson Station, NY – A bumblebee pollinates a pink Achillea plant on a warm September day before its colony begins its hibernation period during the winter.

As I saw this bumblebee and its colony pollinate this Achillea plant, I thought of how quickly the seasons will be changing. Now that summer is coming to an end, the temperature in the air will drop. This is important for bumblebees because their hibernation period starts during the winter.    

Rusty:

Port Jefferson, NY - A brown bird perched on the top of an anchor statue, just outside the Port Jefferson Shipyard Building.
Port Jefferson, NY – A brown bird perched on the top of an anchor statue, just outside the Port Jefferson Shipyard Building.

When I saw this rusty anchor, I thought it would be great to capture for this hunt. It was only until I got closer that I saw the small brown bird perched on top.

Pattern:

Stony Brook, NY - Liam Klein, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Stony Brook University, finds an empty bench in the middle of the forest outside the Humanities building to finish his homework on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Stony Brook, NY – Liam Klein, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Stony Brook University, finds an empty bench in the middle of the forest outside the Humanities building to finish his homework on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

I chose to capture Klein, not only because he was wearing a plaid shirt, but because of his surroundings. He was sitting on a bench on top of a small hill that was surrounded by tress. He was all alone and it was quiet, which created a suitable environment for him to work on his homework.

Reflection:

Port Jefferson, NY - As the weekend winds down, boats are docked in the Long Island Sound at the Port Jefferson Marina late Sunday night on September 7, 2014.
Port Jefferson, NY – As the weekend winds down, boats are docked in the Long Island Sound at the Port Jefferson Marina late Sunday night on September 7, 2014.

With the amount of boats that were docked in the Port Jefferson Marina, I could have chosen to capture an image that portrayed chaos, but then as the sun was setting, I noticed the reflection of the wooden poles in the water that created a nice scene.

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