I have no idea which of these shots is better. Does focusing on the tips of the flower or the centre of the flower work best? No idea, but I like both of them.
The banksia is indigenous to Australia and this very healthy plant is growing in my parent’s large garden in Mt Gambier, South Australia.
I shot this with a Nikon D2X and a Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 manual focus lens at f2.8. Even at f2.8 this lens is excellent for sharpness colour rendition. If you find one, buy it - they are a bargain given their level of performance.