While we sit down in this beautiful farm garden. Both images were shot standing in the same spot with identical settings, but what makes them different? In the first photo I shot a third of the way in just in front of the first picnic table. In the second photo I shot a third of the way in again but near the bottom of the lowest hanging gourd on the trellis. As you can see, keeping everything the same other than the focal point resulted in two different images with different depths of field. Try shooting this way and see what you come up with.
My preference leans towards the first image because the tables and the surrounding flowers, which I really like, are more in focus but there is a nice dreamy look to the second as if you were being invited into a secret garden. What do you think?