What's that reflected in the lens on your theme shot? Some kind of softbox/.
Close up and large apertures don't leave much margin and it's interesting to see just how small the Dof must be with the text at the top sharp, but blurred by the thread diameter notation.
A few years back, if you were quick enough, there was the opportunity to purchase one of the ceramic poppies that has been on display at the Tower of London.
I managed to get one, but over the years our clumsy as f*** cleaner has knocked it about and broken off numerous petals.
My wife wanted to throw it out recently as it's broken, but I think it adds something to it.
The first one I tried was just on the floor, with a curtain in the background, but I felt the background was a bit distracting. The limited depth of field was to try and bring out the texture of the broken edge of the petal. But as it's not where your eye is drawn to first, I don't think it works and it looks like the image is just out of focus until you spot that bit.
So I took the second one on a blanket to give a flat, non-distracting background. Now I'm wondering if the texture of the blanket is a bit heavy.
I sort of justified it in my mind that the coarseness of it is reminiscent of an Army blanket.
I do have another idea in mind for another shot - but that will have to be next week - and only if I have time.
I managed to get one of those poppies as well and I have a broken petal as well. Result of clumsy cat. I prefer the angle of the second one and the fact it is all in focus. Background is better as well.