Caffeinated in Roanoke

I took this photo back in Summer of 2010, not even sure if these signs are still there. I haven’t been back to Roanoke in the last 18 months. I hope its doing well and continue development of its downtown, as it was pretty lively back then.  Anyone driving south HW581 through Roanoke downtown will see these signs, obviously they are much cooler after dark. You can’t see on the photo, but the coffee pot is animated, with coffee pouring into the cap.

btw, to get fine details of the neon signs I used Photomatix selective deghosting for different parts of this photo.

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Roanoke Coke

Here is a little add from downtown Roanoke.

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Night Bike

I saw this bike at the Sheraton Roanoke parking lot. This is single exposure HDR conversion. For this type of shot I wish I had a super wide lens, to stay close and include the front wheel. BTW, you can see the photographer in at least two spots on the shiny exterior of this fine machine.

Sheraton Roanoke is nice hotel and it is only 2 stars on the Starwood’s point scale, which means it does not require a lot of Starwood points to stay there. While at the hotel I got a chance to speak a little “Jamaican”. When we arrived from Penn State, I wanted to get some beer from the bar and the only bottle choice was appealing at the time was “Red Stripe”, to a big delight of the bar tender, who happen to be Jamaican. So, we had an exchange, him – “Ya Mon, good choice Mon!”, me – “Ya Mon, Jamaican beer is good, Mon!”.

As always, you can click on the image to see it large, which is much better.DSC0055_NightBike