Your art is very inspirational to all of us artists and at Shadowness we like to thank our amazing artists for all they do, to show our appreciation for you, your artwork has been featured in todays Daily Inspiration #431
Addam! what a fantastic story! the barrel, envious of the trees still in their natural form, wishes it had to freedom to feel as they feel, growing and nurturing one another side by side. But he is stuck in his barrel form forever, no more changing, evolving, bending, or swaying.
i'm blown away by this even still...so glad you decided to share it here, sweetie.
the blur is from the wide aperature..believe it was f/2.0 on this one. can practice by selecting "A" mode on your camera and going to the lowest number possible..looks like it will be 4.5 or 5 on your lens, which seems to be what youve been shooting your flower shots with, the farther the background object is, the more blurred out it will be :]
would highly suggest into looking into a 50mm prime..has a nice wide aperature and produces really crisp shots..at a pretty reasonable price!