Are you shooting with a normal lens or macro lens?
Getting a good background can make alot of difference in a picture. Trying playing with ur f setting to throw off the ugly (un-uniform background) and zoom in and out for a better composition.
IMO, your subject is not very appealing in terms of color and shape. For me, I favoured simple and less complicated subject. Reno77 flower pic has simple but attractive outline and colors that stands out from the background.
I realised that you are shooting with Canon A95. This is a point and shoot camera. The DOF may be limited due to the CCD's physical size (I believe that is 1/2.5" format as compared to most DSLR of APS size). Nevertheless, you still can take a very good macro with the P&S. I would like to add on Reno77 comment on DOF. I have taken a series of pix with A610. Here they are...
Normal mode, F2.8 with zoom 1x.
Compare with Normal mode, F4.1 with zoom 4x
Note the difference that zooming will add a shallower DOF.
Now same scenarios with macro mode:
F2.8 with zoom 1x - Macro mode
And F4.1 with zoom 4x - Macro mode
Did you see the difference in DOF, shallower than the first two.
Now, I have noticed that A95 has 'Manual Focus'. Playing with Manual focus you can throw even shallower DOF.
Manual focus F4.1 zoom4x - See the 'bokeh'. It is beautiful!!!
If you try zoom1x, with maximum aperture of F2.8 with manual focus you can get even closer to the subject, but very shallow DOF will only have smallest focused area.
Manual focus, F2.1 zoom1X
Experiment with your camera more.... with P&S, having smaller CCD size, does not meant you cannot take good macro. Like Reno77 says, background needs to be blur. You still can get good background by choosing uniformed colored background as not to distract your point of interest.
:thumbsup: Thanks pranadewa for ur step by step showing the diff in the DOF! Thanks for all the trouble u gone through:embrass:
I will try it out the diff aperature n manual mode! Once its done will post for ur advice!