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farlymac
12-06-2011, 18:15
Another of my monthly trips downtown was on a lovely day, so I took the Kodak Retina IIIC loaded with Kodak T-Max 400 and an Orange filter to record some images.

I'm still practicing using the Sunny-16 method of exposure calculation, and sometimes my head doesn't work right, so there are plenty of mistakes in these photos, but PS Elements 8 did a great job in fixing them. And the T-Max films appear to have a great deal of latitude when it comes to exposure.

I like to get shots from a higher perspective, and with all the parking garages downtown, it affords one access to elevated platforms without the hassle of getting permission from building managers to go out on rooftops.

PF

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HometownBankBuilding (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466653871/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
At the corner of Jefferson and Campbell. Banking is one of the biggest empoyers in downtown Roanoke, with major and regional banks having offices here.

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LibertyTrustBuilding (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466654571/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
At the corner of Jefferson and Salem. Liberty Trust is long gone, but the building remains in use.

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Jefferson And Campbell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466655355/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Typical street scene in Roanoke, just before noon. In five minutes it will be full of workers looking for somewhere to eat.

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Blowin' High Noon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466656081/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Looking out over the MarketBuilding in downtown Roanoke, VA. The steam plume coming from the NS East End Shops complex is the noon whistle signalling lunchtime for the workers. It can be heard all over town, and on days when the wind is blowing just right, I can hear it from where I live, eight miles away.

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Fire Station Number 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466657141/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
When this structure was erected, there were no other buildings around it. Now, it is tucked in between tall buildings holding offices for all sorts of business. No longer in use, it is a museum dedicated to the Roanoke Fire Department. Seen from the Campbell Street Parking Garage roof.

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Southern Quarter (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466658117/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
A New Orleans themed restaurant that moved in after the Thai restaurant that formerly occupied the building moved around the corner.

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City Christmas Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466659297/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Roanoke's official Christmas tree is kind of tucked out of the way at Market Street and Salem Avenue. It is at the east end of the Wells Fargo (nee Dominion Bank) tower, and at the foot of the pedestrian bridge that goes over the railroad tracks to the Hotel Roanoke. The ornaments were made by school children, just down the street at the Taubman Museum of Art.

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Market Square (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6466659921/) by br1078phot (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Right across from the Market Building at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Market Street, it's home to an extensive farmers market that runs year round, rain or snow, with plenty of restaurants and eclectic little businesses in the buildings surrounding it. There is a lot of construction going on with the renovations to the Center In The Square, and so some of the space in the square has been taken over by work crews and their equipment, which is putting a crimp on the farmers business.

PF

Vince Lupo
12-06-2011, 18:47
I love Roanoke -- do they still light the neon signs (think it's the coffee one)? Of course the jewel in the crown there is the Link Museum....definitely worth seeing for those of you who have never been.

One day I'll have to find the scan of my one shot that was done in Roanoke for Southern Living Magazine a few years ago. We arranged to have a long Norfolk-Southern train come to a complete stop for us at nighttime right by the bridge that's there, with the Hotel Roanoke in the background lit up -- apparently the last time a train was purposely stopped there for a photo like this, it was for O. Winston Link himself!

farlymac
12-07-2011, 18:37
Vince, they moved the H&C Coffee, and Dr Pepper signs to the same building, and completely rebuilt them, so as you come over the Williamson Road bridge they are right in front of you. I plan on going down at night sometime to get some shots of them, and the Christmas lights. But not tonight. Rain coming down in sheets, wind blowing about 35-40mph, and the temperature is falling by the minute with a chance of snow by morning.

I was fortunate to get a photo of myself in the same pose as OWL on the 1218 (for vanity Fair) before they restored it. It was sittting in the former paint building at the East End Shops after it was formally handed over to the city, and one of my fellow workers wanted a shot of himself in the cab, so I told him he had to take my picture on the front.

PF

raid
12-07-2011, 18:49
I have been many times to Roanoke.

farlymac
12-08-2011, 17:53
I have been many times to Roanoke.

Let me know next time you're in town Raid, and we'll knock off two forum meets at once (RFf, NFf).

PF