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Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Michael Quinn (right), 16, waits outside of Lawton Skate Park with Richie Martz (front), 14, Paul Salas (back), 13, Tuesday afternoon. Salas and Martz were asked to leave the park since bikes are not allowed. Martz commented that "we need a bike park."

Kids Will Be Kids

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/1600 s

Aperture: f/5.6

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 500

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 24 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

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