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I have come to really appreciate the technique of selective focus. In this older shot I’m not so sure I selected any focus point at all. I used an 85mm f1.4 wide open with maybe even a close up lens attached. I still like the effect here:

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Gaillardia in Texas

Here, a little more of an actual selected focus point. I believe the lens was a 70 – 200 f4 with close up lens:

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Claret Cups and Imago in New Mexico

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Claret Cups in Burro Mountains, New Mexico

The flowers below were with the 85f1.4 at maximum aperture. All shots with Canon 5D Mark III camera.

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Fleabane, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Don’t underestimate the power of selective focus to simplify a complex array of objects in the photo and to provide a pleasing background for the focused element in your composition.