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As noted, the background is distracting, but I do like the way you arranged the plant within the frame. There are some very nice diagonals, and the tiny bit of softness at the flower tip seems superfluous to me.
I have also been messing around with trying for a very smooth noiseless look for somethings.
I think you can have smoothness and your detail too.
Thanks for your comment - the last sentence focuses on a question I've been wrestling with for some time.
I'll elaborate for anyone interested: reading a blog re Leica Monochrom, the blogger discusses a list of "fetishes" prevalent throughout photography. The underlying question is must a good, or great, photograph possess a minimal coverage of the set of fetishes/ Sharpness is one.
Eric Kim expands further in presenting images having what most of us would describes as poor shaprness, among other things; Henri Cartier-Bresson's quote that “Sharpness is a bourgeoisie concept.” serving as his motivation.
So, couple that with my love of soft & rich versus hard & sharp and I am one confused puppy This was spawned mostly from a thread of @friscoron on People Photography in which he questions the influence technology has on one's expectations for a photograph and abilities to produce a good image.
Thanks again for your thoughts,