Most striking about this work are the colors. The color of the table is such an appropriate color to set off the richness of the tea color. The bokeh in the background subtly picks up some of the color of the tea but in a lighter tint. For this particular picture the bokeh is a much better choice of a background than would be, say, a cafe scene. There is a perfection in the way the leaf is "en pointe" like a ballerina. This makes for an unusual touch in a still life. The color of the leaf compliments the colors in the rest of the composition and completes the triangle with the teabag and the dangling label. Originally, a still life was a "nature mort" and usually included within the composition something dead. This photograph does just that with the leaf. The lighting and the focus are perfect. How to improve on this? I don't know! ... unless by doing more like this.