A bee's perspective of an Iris bloom
In North West USA, the Iris will bloom from May to July in many thousand varieties.
Recently I photographed some Iris flowers using the photo stacking technique to obtain what I think is some of the best photography I have made of this subject. For those of you unfamiliar with the technique, I set up the camera on a tripod to take multiple photos of the same subject at differing focal lengths. I will then take 20- 50 photos and merge them using a computer program into a single image. This creates an image of exceptional focus recorded with an open aperture maximizing the light.
I use a Nikon D850 DSLR with a Nikkor 105MM Macro lens mounted on a tripod. I will start the first photograph focused on the nearest point of the flower and then program it to take multiple incremental photos (20 to 50) at increasing focal lengths. I will then import all of the images into photo processing software to determine the exact number of images I want to merge thus controlling exactly what will be in focus. I then use the merging software to create the final image. Then I export the image back into the photo processing software for final adjustment or cropping of the image.