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that all may be subjective of course, but for a typical quality of such images the DOF is not strong enough, either use a faster lens or you have to set it to a far lower f stop. looking at the image i assume its not one of the most expensive lenses out there, it fringes blue with no high contrast to battle. depending on that you have new challenges with finding a focus then. the composition of how you unfold the flower is nice, but it could be maybe a better shot from a different perspective. on the left i see the pistils of the flower trying to emerge, maybe that could be worth pursuing?

Thanks Richard

Richard, I was shooting a D5 (the original) with a Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS USM lens. I thought that was a very good lens. I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks.

hm i had that lens for one week, about 9 years ago. i did not like it. poor quality from what i remember. but what is far more important, your f4 is too weak. perfect is something like a 90 or 100 mm macro with minimum f 2.8 . the longer focal length usually then makes up for the less higher f stop and produces a great out of focus region. anything with an even lower f stop preferable 1.4 or 1.2 or even 0.95 produces very shallow DOF. really try a faster lens, a whole new play ground will open up if i may say so.