Camera: NIKON D3S
Shutter: 1/1600 s
Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)
Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire
Lens Focal Length: 24 mm
White Balance: Auto
Driving around today past Lawton Skate Park, I caught a glimpse of the orange shirt of Paul Salas through the trees. I had 20 minutes before my next assignment, so I went to see what was going on. When I walked up, the three kids were hanging out looking pretty bummed. I snapped a couple of frames and asked what was wrong. Turns out that you can't bike inside of the skate park and Martz and Salas were both kicked out a couple minutes before I arrived.
I have a soft spot for this because I grew up skateboarding and have had plenty of frustrations being kicked out of places with no place to go. The only tricky part of making a photo like this is that you don't want to lose the kid on the fence and at the same time you want him to stand out. I like the other kids in the frame because it helps tell the story. The fact that Salas was wearing an orange shirt certainly helped out a lot. I really like this picture because its a nice, summer time, hanging out photo. Kids being kids.
- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist