“Maddie” the brown bear presses her nose out one of the two corn cribs that has been her home for the last seven years on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 outside Covington, OH. The bear was rescued by animal advocate Tim Harrison among other exotic animal care specialists. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
Hello folks, my name is Isaac Hale and I am a rising sophomore at Ohio University. I’m a stringer photographer for The Post and I’ve spent my summer taking photos for my hometown newspaper, The Piqua Daily Call, in small town Piqua, Ohio. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to take pictures of many new activities and topics. I’ve taken pictures of court sessions, crashes, police pursuits and arrests, graduations, musical shows, track and field, softball, baseball, golf, and even airplane to airplane photography-all for the first time. Before this internship. I was pretty shy when it came to assignments I wasn’t too familiar with, but after being introduced to new assignments through The Piqua daily Call, I’ve begun to come out of my shell.
I’ve had so much access to all of these assignments because The Piqua Daily Call has one dedicated staff photographer, so naturally he can’t be everywhere at once. That’s where I come in, variety really has been the spice of life this summer.
Aerobatic aviator Michael Goulian flies over Interstate 75 north of Dayton, OH near the Dayton International Airport for a practice flight Friday, June 21, 2013 before the Dayton Air Show starts the next day. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
Russia’s Lauren Heaton reacts as she crosses the finish line during the 4×800 relay race at Division III state track and field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, June 7, 2013. The Russia 4×800 team won the state championship, and Heaton went on to place fourth in the 400. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
Piqua high school varsity softball player Kaci Cotrell scores a run on Fairmont’s catcher Taylor Pitzer at Piqua’s home field Monday, June 13, 2013 in Piqua, OH. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton, of the Miami County Park District, shows students Professor Screech, a screech owl, in Mrs. Everett’s 3rd grade class Tuesday in Piqua, OH. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
Caylyn Bertke, 7, a child with hereditary spastic paraplegia, gets her nails done while relaxing in her Disney princess dress by Amy Frasure at Arabella Salon and Spa in Piqua, OH on Tuesday, August 8, 2013 for Caylyn’s princess for a day visit. Stylists at Arabella met Caylyn when her grandmother Linda Elliott came in for a hair appointment about a month ago and fell instantly in love with the little girl. Staff at Arabella then decided to chip in to treat the little girl for a day of relaxation complete with nail painting, a massage, hair styling, and princess accessories. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily call)
This summer I’ve also learned first hand what it means to be a photojournalist when it comes to breaking news. On June 22 at the Dayton Air Show I witnessed an aircraft crash during a performance, ending the lives of the pilot and wing walker aboard. I had met the wing walker the day before the crash. She had planned to get married on the plane. It was truly a terrible thing to witness. It was then that I started to understand what breaking news can really mean, and also the reality that photographers sometimes have to see things that are genuinely emotionally jarring in order to get the shot. This is the three picture series I took of that crash.
A vintage stearman aircraft carrying wing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker crashes at the Vectren Dayton Air Show, in front of a crowd of spectators. Both Wicker and Schwenker were fatally injured in the crash. (Isaac Hale | The Piqua Daily Call)
While covering assignments in and around the Piqua and greater Dayton area I’ve met many seasoned journalists along the way. It’s been an absolute joy to not only get to cover new assignments, but to meet those who have been covering them for years and have so much wisdom (and funny stories) to pass on.
I would like to thank Mike Ullery (Piqua Daily Call – Chief Photographer) and the rest of The Piqua Daily Call family for treating me so well this summer and giving me so many amazing opprotunities and to all those new journalists I’ve met that make me so happy to be going into this field of work.
See more of my work here: http://www.isaachalephoto.samexhibit.com