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Updated 02/03/2010 @ 05:55
Project2010: 068 of 375 (February 27th)



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.
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steve2727 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
i hear the bell ringing! Great evocative shot'
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arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Heh, many thanks for taking the time to comment; it's appreciated.
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steve2727 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
:)
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RavenJLR Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
cant wait to have a proper play with a decent camera muself x
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
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.

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RavenJLR Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh yea, i hear what your saying. i use my ipod and apps atm as its all i have and i surprise myself with some of the results!
i never had a proper SLR i had a bridge camera i think you call them whilst i studied a photography and graphic design BTEC and a photography HND, so even then i had to borrow a better camera from uni, but yea the mechanics of a camera has always been my weakest point, partly due to me not having much time to play around with one as i didnt have my own. its deff sumat i need to revisit and relearn some stuff but ill just save pennies for an slr for now x
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
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.
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RavenJLR Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh thanx, no i haven't thought to look there. iam skint so it will be a while but i will check it out. thanx very much! as ive said before, im goin to have to relearn the mechanics of a camera and how to manually adjust it to get the various effects....is there any you could recommend for, well not for a beginner, but a re-learner? no worries if ive stumped you with this one x
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
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.
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RavenJLR Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanx so much for the advice, youve been brilliant ! :) i meant help with cameras as opposed to resources. very much appreciated x
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
No worries. ;]
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RavenJLR Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is lovely, so simple but awesome :)x
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Ah, many thanks. I enjoy this shot too; just before sunrise is a great time to run around with a camera.
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NanisKa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012

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. ✿




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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment, it's appreciated.
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NanisKa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012

It was a pleasure! ^^
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cosmicvoid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I couldn't say whay, but this picture has a very soothing effect on me :)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.
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PhilProhoroff Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Photographer
This is absolutely fantastic! It never occurred to me to shoot nighttime cityscapes out of focus. I'll have to try this out!
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arctoa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Student Photographer
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.
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limnides Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   Artist
It reminds me of Starfalls, so this carries a bit of reminiscent... uh, nostalgia? Only that's impossible, so nevermind. but I think that was one of the first pieces that left a lasting impression on me, so. Yeah. I'll just stop typing now.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Photographer
I do remember you going on about that one and Apnoea quite a lot, yeah. Heh.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That is gorgeous.

Every pre-dawn I've experienced was at the tail-end of a frantic all-nighter or a ridiculous sleepover, and neither really allows for peaceful contemplation of the coming day. This makes me want to experience it properly.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Photographer
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.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd imagine. Hm.
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MakesMeLaugh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
One of my favorites ever. I enjoy this so much
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student Photographer
After looking through your gallery I can understand why, heh. Thank-you for the comment, it's appreciated.
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