Ambrose Anderson was born on Rathlin but spent his life at sea and on oil rigs before retiring back home. Rathlin has a permanent population of around 120 people and is Northern Ireland's only inhabited island.
Northern Ireland – Photo Tip

Photo tip: Capture clichés with a twist

Photo by Ton Koene

Northern Ireland – Photo Tip Photo tip: Capture clichés with a twist

The most beautiful part of Northern Ireland is, without question, the coastline: tiny old cottages, ruins of even older castles, narrow winding roads, stone walls and the many shades of green in the countryside resulting from the plentiful rain.

Ton Koene
Ton Koene Travel Photographer

No wonder so many photographers fall into the trap of capturing the clichés. I surprised myself by doing the same – but what is the harm? Are such clichés not often the most interesting parts of a culture?

When photographing a new area, I often visit a local souvenir shop and look at postcards. They show the highlights but are so often all clichés. I use them as ideas or for inspiration but I always try to add my personal touch. Often I succeed but sometimes I don’t.

The art is to capture the clichés with a twist, to try to make unique photos. Is this photo of a retired man smoking a pipe in his cottage door while looking out to sea a cliche? Yes, I believe so – but the photo is unique. Ambrose Anderson has never been photographed in this way before, in front of his house, which makes it a good photo to me, whether it's a cliché or not.

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The moderating effects of the Atlantic bring relatively mild winters and cool summers to Northern Ireland, although there are also more cloudy days than in England. Rain falls in any month but peaks during the winter from October through January. Photo by Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Canon EOS 5D-III

Aperture
ƒ/11
Exposure
1/200
ISO
200
Focal
24 mm

The moderating effects of the Atlantic bring relatively mild winters and cool summers to Northern Ireland, although there are also more cloudy days than in England. Rain falls in any month but peaks during the winter from October through January.

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