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Centennial Park

Centennial Park

The Fountain of Rings and some of downtown Atlanta's skyscrapers as viewed from Centennial Park

One of the enduring legacies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta is Centennial Park. The area where the park stands now was once a series of ramshackle warehouses and businesses on the edge of downtown. Although controversial when it was created, the park now is one of the major tourist attractions in the city. It is the largest urban park created in America in many, many years. It is located close to Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome and CNN Center. The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are essentially inside the park. What was once an eyesore is now a gathering point.

One of the primary attractions is the Fountain of Rings. The pattern for the fountain is the famous five interlocking rings of the Olympics. The fountains run continuously and are programmed to a series of songs. They are also lit at night and change colors to fit the choreography of the current song set. During the hot Atlanta summers, people flock to the rings to play in the cooling jets of water. Surprisingly, people even play at the edge of the fountains in the cooler seasons as they did the night this image was taken.

In this image, you can see the rings, the light towers that are located throughout Centennial Park, and some of the skyscrapers found in downtown Atlanta. The image was exposed for 1.6 seconds and shot at f/10. I wanted just enough exposure length to cause the water to turn silky without exposing for so long that the effect looked unrealistic. This image very much captures the look and feel of Centennial Park as it appeared a few nights ago.