Thanks for the comments
Yes I fully intend to keep playing around I'm loving every minute I can get to with the new equipement.
The background was just a leather briefcase laying on its side, my thinking was that the really busy subject would not suit anything but a plain backdrop but will have a play around and see what I can come up with.
The drop in sharpness was probably more due to resizing which I failed to mention above, I could put the full size image up but at a little over 2.5mb thought it probably best to reduce it a bit heh!
I was actually blown away by the detail captured in the original and to say I am impressed by the 40D is an understatement, hopefully my photography will improve and looking through the forum there seems to be some amazing advice which I am sure will help me take better pictures
Actually Thomas could you tell me how you would have set the shot had you been taking it? i.e the type of background etc that you might have chosen.
Again thanks for commenting and the welcome