A lot happens in a month shooting at a newspaper. Every assignment here is an invitation to play. Within days of starting at The Virginian-Pilot, where I'm working for the summer, I was sent north to Virginia's gorgeous Eastern Shore and south to North Carolina's Outer Banks. I spent 9 hours staking out a creek for a dolphin and 24 hours aboard an aircraft carrier with 5000 sailors. I learned to get quiet, that to tell a story photographically is to truly witness what's happening.