I love things with character.  Things that have endured, been repaired, spliced, prettied up, and beaten back down again.  Like this fire hydrant in Kinvarra, County Galway, Ireland.

I got a bit lucky here, too.  It was raining when I shot it, so the gray sidewalk got nice and dark, helping provide a nice dark vignette against the brightness of the hydrant.

Fire Hydrant


Canon 1Ds Mark III.  32mm.  ISO 100.  Aperture Priority.  f/9.0 @ 1/8 second.  Polarized.  +2/3 EV.