Just something I have noticed with many graphic artists is this kind of thing where the subject is completely isolated from the background. I really don't like it.. If there's some way you can combine the subject with the background, like the focal depth piece you created. It looks way more awesome that way.
yeah, now that i learned that technique with the camera, there will be alot more incorporation with the background in my new stuff to come. unfortunately, its a bitch for ANY comp to combine hdri lighting along with the focus technique, unless you are networked with other computers to share the rendering power. so yeah, sadly, my pieces are going to be solid hdri with little bg incorporation, or non-hdri with good bg incorporation. blarh, it's really too bad i can't combine both with my comp. x_x