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Karen ... Thanks
I agree at a stronger image in the WA.
Kaden ... +1 @ transition.
I ran into a bit of a problem in that the foreground was shot with the lens hood literally touching the subject (out of frame). From a working distance of about 2-3 inches, the few feet to the ground is a "country mile" in terms of the difference. The gap from the foreground subject to everything else is just a rather large one from the working distance I shot from.
I never did find a good way (PP) to make that transition a little more gentle without degrading the detail in the foreground subject in what would be an unnatural way for the eye ... I tried more than once, but never came up with anything better than this. I was a bit concerned that it might come across as a "cut & paste" composite, while it is just extreme forshortening. However, without more in the transition area, it seems like the foreshortening effect is totally lost ... i.e point of diminishing return with that much gap.
Here's the original RAW capture for reference, so you can get a sense of both the magnitude of crop and the distance relationships involved for the DOF / transitions. Ideas for a different crop are very welcome.