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Photon-very nice iris shots. I do understand what you mean about the sharpness of the front pedal of the second stacked shot. Iris are very hard, at least for me.
I am not at the same level of photography that I see posting here often...Peter, Jerry etc...Sometimes with Iris being such a large and deep flower, makes it difficult to bring the stem into sharpness to offset the front pedal...and without a lot of shifting in the image to loose detail in pedals. What I try to do...angle the flower a little, get stem in slight more focus than the background...sometimes you give up sharpness in the back side of the lower pedals, and stem...to me..awh it is art...this is not my fav shot below yet shows kind of what I am speaking of...I think it adds to blending in the sharp front pedal into the background well. Again...I am novice-
I use ACR-CS6-edit...I do not always use the "AUTO" when I align layers together as I was originally taught...I have found sometimes that does away with important detail for a smudge look. Usually first I try "reposition".
I also find denoising the photos works very well when stacking a few photos...even using iso 50..
Peter....I am humbled by your kind words......IF I am correct, your floral shots often got the best of me...inspired me to get out and keep trying.
Here is one from today...these get harder and harder as I have less space to plant the tripod for the angle and view I would like!!! Plant growth...
5DIII-85mm 1.8-12mm tube-tripod-front light from early morning.