Creative bokeh

Challenge #4 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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***This is a complex challenge. Please read challenge comments below and click "show full rules" to understand the mechanism of this challenge.**** Bokeh is usually an unintended out of focus effect, show us a photo (ONE only - not two) in which bokeh is part of the compostion to highlight the subject (see example). However, entry in this challenge also obliges to give comments about all other entries in the series. Eventually you may enter an improved version of the first photo. See additional rules. You are encouraged to provide early comments during the submission stage to allow contestants to create an improved photo to submit before voting begins
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Orchids (Second Version)
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I spotted these flowers growing outside a shopping complex where we had a late lunch and I couldn't resist taking some shots. The bokeh isn't that much since I used f/8 - my priority was capturing all the petals sharply but bokeh is still noticeable. In accordance with the comments, I cleaned up some of the dust and spider web and re-cropped to a square format with the flowers positioned a little less-centered. A horizontal orientation was not practical. The leaves are no longer too distracting. Thanks for all your helpful comments and I hope this second version more or less meets them.
Submitted: Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 23:18 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 29th December, 2011
Focal length: 105 mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 640
Views: 975
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