Photographer: Chris Picard, Seattle

Photo taken: March 16, downtown Seattle

Photographer’s description: “We went to the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Seattle. I thought the best part was the Pipe and Drum Corps whose members are from various firefighting agencies throughout the region. I was looking for a point where the colorful drums all lined up. I used a Nikon D300 with an 80x400mm lens and I got down low for this shot.”

Expert says: “I love how all you can see in this photo is the drums and that one hand coming out to make music. The repetition of the circular drums is really nice. The bright colors add to this photo as well. I might crop in slightly from the left to get rid of some of the dead space and accentuate the repetition of the drums.”

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