MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It was a statewide competition aimed at photographers to showcase their favorite part of their historic downtown. It turns out, the winning shot, was snapped in middle Georgia's backyard.
When it comes to taking pictures, for Michael Williams, it typically goes one of two ways.
"Sometimes to get the shot that I want, I can spend hours," Williams admits.
Other times, like for the Downtown Georgia Photo Contest,
"[I] literally did that shot in about 10 to 15 minutes."
Michael has an eye for capturing beautiful and creative scenes. From snapshots to Paris, to London, to capturing Lance Armstrong in action in the Tour de Georgia.
"Sometimes it just clicks into place."
But that state winning shot that captured Michael's eye this time, was admittedly, an accident. His shot of The Terminal Station in downtown Macon with the water fountains in front, beat out pictures from Atlanta, to Savannah, and even the north Georgia mountains. It was a late night scene he knew he had to capture, the moment he saw it.
"I just glanced over, it was about 11:00 at night, and I saw the fountain. And the terminal station was just beautiful."
What caught his eye, was the contrast between the building and the jets of spraying water.
"I love to take photographs of anything that's beautiful, and to me, this is a beautiful city," Williams says.
It's that love of a beautiful city, Michael wants to share with the rest of us.
The photo can be seen on his Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamsme/7237075124/
"I would like people to look at it and go...'This city has a great past. We've come a long way. Just as we've had a great past, we have a promising future."