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The Cliche Amnesty Thread

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:16AM
We've all seen photos on here, driven to the same spot, found the tripod holes of the last photographer, taken the shot in the same style and posted them on here - these locations have become mainstays of the site.

This thread is for those with a sense of humour and a selection of said "cliche photos" - purge your sins and upload your most derivative shots to this thread - tell us where it is (as if we need to know), when you did it, why you did i and maybe even who you've copied, ahem, been inspired by


I've got LOADS.... my confession shall be a long one Wink

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ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:18AM
Dunstanburgh Castle and Eggs - Northumberland

I think the first shot of this I saw was from Mr henson way back in the annals of EPZ time.

I was on a shoot with Danny Brannigan, Steve Bowden and a few others - nearly broke my leg getting to the shooting point, but was worth it as I got the classic view, albeit without a sunrise


5D - 24-105mm lens - polariser - 5 stops of ND grad


ah.... that's a bit small, but you get the idea Wink
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:23AM
Blea Tarn

This little beauty is between Great and Little Langdale in the Lakes, and has a handy car park about 300 yards from it, so is perfect for the lazy tog (like me).

I'd not actually seen this on EPZ before I took this shot way back when, but since then I've seen literally hundreds of it, with the compulsary boulders sticking out of the water, the Pikes in the background etc.


Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
16 Jun 2010 11:25AM
here's one to kick off from me...I can add loads too Wink
Crosby Beach...inspired to go after seeing pictures put up by Ian (shutterspeed) I did the usual tripod hole shots like this


but was pleased with my take on the place.


ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:28AM
Malham Rakes Tree

Abour 4 years ago, a group of togs met at Malham for a morning shoot, one of them called Keith Henson found a tree (maybe he'd seen it before and was returning, who knows) and he posted a shot of it on the site.

Since then, it's been a right of passage of every landscape photographer on EPZ to come to this holy shrine and worship the tree - using a low tripod to accentuate the texture of the clints and grikes, maybe find the old branch sticking out of the stone to act as a foreground.

ideally you worship at sunrise - but sunset allows decent shots, the low light illuminating the tops of the rocks, causing shadows on the lower parts.

The Malham Tree... I love you!


Nickscape 11 708 9 England
16 Jun 2010 11:31AM
I think this is my biggest sin, but also one of my favourite places!

Derwent Piers
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:35AM
Milennium Bridge - Newcastle Quayside

Taken the same day we Dunstanburgh Castle on a jolly weekend with Danny, Sainty, Den, Marge and a load of others...

Had my Siggy 15-30mm in those days, so this one's using that, no filters, just a straight shot.

the quayside is a top place to shoot - not just cause of the architecture, but the geordies passing by - they're usually amusing and friendly, if not incomprehensible (Danny could translate for us though).

Maybe not the most cliche'd shot, you need to get the arch of this bridge aligned with the tyne bridge really, but it's certainly in the cliche ball park


ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 11:41AM
Round Straw Bale

This is still my most successful shot on EPZ and a print of it sits on a shelf at home.

it's taken next to the lightouse at Flamborough Head on the yorkshire coast.

Back when I was a 10D user - I'd finished doing the rocks and sea as the sun had abandoned the coast line, so was shooting the lightouse to finish off when I spotted there were about 5 round bales in the field

Back then I'd have used lots of ND and a polariser - then in Photoshop pushed the white balance up to 14000K I bet, though this was 5 years ago so can't rememebr.

Round Bales are pretty ubiquitous on the site in late summer/autumn - it's very hard to get something original from them, so I didn't try with this, just enjoyed the lighting


JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
16 Jun 2010 12:02PM
I wish I could link the whole of my pf here but I can't find a way of doing it....


My biggest cliche shot(s) I guess Some Mountain in Scotland

I can do Blea Tarn as well
JamesGarfield 9 915 4 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2010 12:11PM
This is also my most successful picture that i've posted on here. It is of course Southwold pier, photographed by so many and still a very popular subject. It was my first outing with my LEE "Big Stopper". Ironically I don't think it represents the best work i've done but others seemed to like it.


NikLG 12 1.7k England
16 Jun 2010 12:37PM
I tend to avoid cliches like the plague....
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
16 Jun 2010 12:45PM

Quote:I tend to avoid cliches like the plague....

You can't often avoid them...everyone rushes to Nik's portfolio to find the cliches ...
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 12:51PM

Quote:I tend to avoid cliches like the plague....

good for you...

kinda makes me wonder why you've come onto a thread about cliche's though Smile

Anyway - the next cliche...


They're everywhere at the start of summer - the classic is to get low down and get the sun pouring through the red poppy making them really glow

This one was taken near Pontefract/Wakefield on a little B road I'd found - decided that the single red flower shot was trumped by this landscape style shot, so got the 17-40 on and fired away


ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 12:54PM

Quote:everyone rushes to Nik's portfolio to find the cliches ...

he's reasonably clean, but there's definitely a few he could add Wink
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2010 1:01PM
Another Place

Pete's already posted his - that's the idea of the thread, people browse the photos and think

oh - I've got a shot of that, I'll upload that Wink

Anyway - I'd taken the day off work, been shooting in Liverpool all day and went to Crosby for the first time ever to catch the sunset.

Inspired by the same people as Pete really - there was a bunch of locals putting shots of these statues up for a while back in 2006.

usual setup - wide lens, lots of filters, but not toooo mad on the saturation this time


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