I turned a corner on a sidewalk in Shoreline Village (Long Beach, California, USA) and WHOA, what color! The bright red hydrant pipe and the magenta flowers on a succulent ground cover (ice plant) were sitting near the curb, being ignored by everyone but me – and I couldn’t possibly ignore such wonderfully intense colors! I switched to a long zoom to flatten perspective a bit and had to wait for oblivious pedestrians to stop walking in front of my camera before I finally managed to capture this scene. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 107mm [214mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/6.3, 1/640 sec., ISO 200, early afternoon sun)
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (March 2013)
Top 10 in “Man vs Nature” challenge in Shapes and Patterns group (March 2014)
Top 10 in “Water Nozzles and Hoses” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (April 2013)
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