Full title: Morning Bell (Road To Nowhere)
Taken just before dawn somewhere between the coast and the city of Newcastle. Pre-dawn drives are reasonably therapeutic, at least until the blue hours are over and the grey (and traffic) return.
The title comes from the Radiohead track of the same name, and can be heard here.
Having an SLR or similar can be useful, but especially these days it's not essential. A reasonable compact (or even an iPhone, with the right apps) can give some pretty impressive results. Some of my best work was taken on an awful budget point-and-shoot camera, you just need to flow with their quirks.
That said, there's definitely something satisfying about standing behind an SLR. Once you've learned how to use it properly, that is, which to be honest is an ongoing issue of my own.
If you haven't already, I recommend looking on Gumtree and Craigslist and places like that; I wish I had done so when I bought my own SLR, as I could've gotten a better one for much less of an outlay! There's always someone trying to offload old kit they never use any more.
Cameras, or resources? In terms of cameras it's best to stick to Canon or Nikon. They're about equal to each other; in my experience Nikon has superior lenses but Canons are more reliable electronically, but it's an argument that'll continue for as long as the two companies exist, haha. Speaking of models, take a look at their mid-range ones. For Canon, you're likely to be able to pick up a 40D or a 50D second-hand for the same sort of price as an entry-level camera from new. 30Ds will be even cheaper, but they are pretty old at this point so you'd have to be careful that it wasn't wearing out.
If you were talking about resources I don't really know any myself, but I'm sure typing relevant search strings into Google will give you an avalanche of results, heh. There's not all that much to it, really; the trick is getting it to be intuitive knowledge rather than having to stop to think about it every two minutes.
Ah, many thanks. I enjoy this shot too; just before sunrise is a great time to run around with a camera.
This very beautiful! ♥
I've been learning English for years, and it's the very first time I hear about
the expression "blue hour"! I love it! Thank you for sharing. ✿
Many thanks; and yeah, it can be rewarding. It's something that I need to do again at some point at a more photogenic location; I was a good four or five miles outside the city at this point.
Heh, that was usually the case with me in times gone by; I'd usually see pre-dawn after slipping away from a house party or something. That's nice and all, but actually getting up for it is a different experience entirely.