The second day of the Greene Institute was much more eventful than the first. We started the day with an extremely early breakfast, utilizing the Student Activities Center for the first time, and then made our way to the newsroom for our first official lesson, which was probably the longest lesson I’ve ever attended. We then had the fortune of interviewing Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s new Athletic Director, which was exciting and very informative.
Our photography lesson was taught by John Conrad Williams, who was kind and a great teacher. He informed us of the different settings in the cameras, and I was almost overwhelmed by all of the information I received in such a short amount of time. He then took us outside to practice shooting still pictures, profiles, and a technique called “panning.” I’ve always loved photography and especially the idea of it. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I had a great time.
After dinner, we went to our video lesson where we learned basic shooting skills and techniques. We also went outside for this, which was definitely a nice break from indoors. Separating in groups, we walked around campus and shot various videos of people walking from different angles.
After a long day, you’d think we would want to sleep. Well, you’d be right, because we were incredibly tired, but somehow our desire to spend even more time with each other overruled our fatigue. My roommate, Lisa Angell, and I went to Kayla Aponte and Sharon Ahmed’s room to play what is now becoming our nightly game of Scattergories. As we were getting ready to play, however, we decided that we would like to add others to play with us. Soon, almost all of the girls were piled into the little room, and the competition began. I became even closer with those girls, and as it has only been a couple of days I wonder exactly how close we’ll be by the end of the week.