Timothy, I like how you captured the rain drops, with the larger ones around the edge of the leaf. I think B&W works well for this. When shooting a scene like this, if you can change the f-stop down to a low number and still get a sharp focus on the subject, that helps to put the other leaves out of focus around it. On this shot here, I am thinking a bit of a crop, and maybe vignette to darken the edges, helping to hold my eye to the subject. Just some thoughts. Hope that helps.
Timothy: A tighter crop to eliminate the leaf in the ULC and a bit more contrast would make this better for me. All of the pixels are on the left side of the histogram rendering this a bit too dark for my tastes. I did a very quick and dirty adjustment along those lines to show you what I mean. Also, please resize your posts to 1500 pixels on the long side of the frame. Posting full size images taxes the server and makes them more inviting targets for image thieves. >=))>
Timothy, I like what you’re trying to do here. The leaf and it’s drops stand out nicely due to their tonal difference with the background. That’s a good way to deal with the nearly in focus surroundings. I was thinking along the same lines as Bill, especially with respect to the brightness of the subject. His crop works well also. Going b&w on this was a good idea.
Well captured image and composed. I like the rework by Bill, which brings the leaf out of the background and highlights the water droplets.