by hughletherenComment by HBunch:
I do think that the background is the biggest issue here for me. It really clashes with the flower. See how the flower is graceful and smoothe? The background is sharp and choppy. It also doesn't work well with the pattern in the petals of the Iris.
The color of the flower is good, I like the color a lot. However, again, I think that it is hindered by the kind of dead looking, harshly lit background.
The angle and framing/cropping of the flower is ok, but I think I would have tried my best to get that leaf in the bottom right corner out of the shot. Because of DOF (which is otherwise good) that leaf is blurry, and a stands out a lot creating a bit of a distraction.
The DOF is ok. Blurring of the background is a good thing, especially in situations where the background really doesn't work out well. However, I wonder if it maybe could have been blurred even more? That could have helped.
Focus and clarity of the Iris is really good. I like the detail we can see in the veins of the petals, and the fuzzy center poking out at us is a nice touch as well.
I love these flowers. We have a bunch here at my house too, but they aren't close to blooming yet.