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 “Water Nozzles and Hoses” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (April 2013)
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