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17 Apr 15. Another close up of a tulip but this time the image you are seeing is a composite of 12 shots, each focused a fraction of an inch apart form another. The total set starts at the very tip of one petal, you can even see the fine hairs on it, and progresses to the very bottom of the base of the flower. In this composite you can see all the way down likely getting a bug's eye view. This approach can be achieved in at least two ways of which I'm aware, the first being that you layer the stack of images one of top of the other and then mask away all but the sharpest portion of the first two frames and then blend them together. Then, do it again and again until you've used the sharp section of each frame giving you the final sharp composite. That's the hard, manual, way. The other, automatic, way is to use a software program that is made to do all the work and that's the approach I chose. If this sort of thing interests you, consider looking at Helicon Focus, Zerene Stacker, or Image Stacker. The first two are more expensive options, the last quite cheap.
All 12 images were initially processed in a stacking program with the resulting image adjusted for max tonality and color balance. Then I then painted out a bit of distracting material and finally I gave it a wee bit or micro contrast enhancement. Nikon D300s, 105mm Macro; ISO 200; 1/15 sec @ f / 9.