Having only just rejoined this forum after a break of over a decade, there's a lot I'm behind on, and a lot to learn in this new digital age. But, what is apparent is the same obsession with gear and far worse in my view the same old cliche shots. Dear me, all this technology, instant feedback and yet there seems to be a never ending stream of cliche shots all done to death and the worst has to be the......flower picture..Oh Lord!! I'm really at a loss as to how photographing a flower is deemed worthy. What are you going to do with it, frame it, hang it on the wall?? Personally I always remember the words of my old college lecturer upon when I presented my "flower" shot whilst at college.....he completely dismissed it as nothing other than a 'record' shot!! If it had been an object he would refer them as "pack" shots. Obviously he was inferring " yeah, flower shot......and......!!" A few years back I decided to attend a club - actually more or less next door to where I lived. At the time I couldn't afford a DSLR, but decided to attend and see what's what. Well, I lasted 4 visits, I couldn't stand the boredom nor the cliche images and the huge amounts of praise bestowed upon each other. It was just as I had always envisaged it to be like. Photography has never been so easy, it's an art. But I rarely see many artists.