Last year when I was staying in Ottawa for work I noticed the hotel I was staying at had some great hibiscus plants in bloom. Hibiscus flowers are often shot, but rarely done well. This shot is nice, but pretty boring.
I decided I was going to incorporate the flower into the surroundings for something different.
To get the biggest impact, I looked around for street life. The bus and bus shelter on a damp day worked in well, and I set the aperture to f5.6 so the viewer could see what it was, but not dominate the subject (the hibiscus). Being right at minimum focus distance also meant I needed to stop down significantly to include any sort of background. Certainly much more interesting than the first shot.