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New Castle skaters

For as small of a town as New Castle, Indiana is, we sure do have a lot of skateboarders. There has been a recent push to install a skate park at Baker Park, the park in the center of town.

I went out looking for some skater kids to photograph for our story on the possible skate park. I went to Baker Park where they often congregate. Jackpot.

Alex Chamberlin practices a 360 kickflip in a Baker Park parking lot Wednesday evening. "This is the only place we really don't get in trouble for skating," said Chamberlin. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Alex Chamberlin practices a 360 kickflip in a Baker Park parking lot Wednesday evening. "This is the only place we really don't get in trouble for skating," said Chamberlin. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

After taking a few shots there, they headed north to skate in the city. I followed. They started jumping down a flight of six steps in front of a local consignment shop.

I rarely take out my fisheye lens but for skateboarding, it often adds a nice look so I gave it a whirl. The lighting in the background was just right but I needed a little fill flash to illuminate the skater.

Ethan Jester does a kickflip down a set of steps in front of Fashion Trends Consignment Shop in New Castle Wednesday evening. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Ethan Jester does a kickflip down a set of steps in front of Fashion Trends Consignment Shop in New Castle Wednesday evening. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

I was happy with the results. Nice light. Nice framing. Nice action. I can’t ask for too much more.

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