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Old Sep 18, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Flowers: a favorite subject to showcase cameras/lenses?

Recently I bought the Oly EPL1 (which I may return due to some little annoyances that drive me crazy) but until I make the final decision, I'm shooting with it. I've got some nice shots and was about to post them when it suddenly hit me. 97% of them were flower shots. So, the question is, are flowers the most popular subject to showcase a camera or lens? From what I have noticed, it appears to be so. Everyday I see post after post of flowers. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and some people have mastered their PP technique, producing excellent results. However, it seems to me that a good number of cameras out there (various brands and models) are very capable of taking great close up shots of still objects (like flowers). Then, when the same camera is exposed to more challenging conditions, it fails to perform. Are we misleading viewers as to how capable (or not) a particular camera is by postings beautiful flower shots taken with it?
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Old Sep 18, 2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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Almost everyone has flowers in his garden/balcony and it's the most reachable target I believe. And they make good rich colour photos!
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Old Sep 18, 2010, 6:48 PM   #3
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A flower close-up is nice for showing how the camera/lens renders color and detail. If it can't get good, sharp photos of flowers, it probably isn't going to do well at other things. I don't think it misleads anyone intentionally, but if someone expects a flower macro to give an idea of how a camera will work at indoor sports (for example) he is misleading himself.

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Old Sep 18, 2010, 7:45 PM   #4
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...I don't think it misleads anyone intentionally, ...
I agree. However, I have been impressed by some cameras based on these types of shots (close-ups primarily) only to get disappointed later by an overall poor performance.
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Flowers are shot by photographers who don't have cats.
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Flowers are shot by photographers who don't have cats.
LOL Or dogs...
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