Yellow Hibiscus

This yellow hibiscus is a composite of 25 images. Each image is photographed with a slightly different focal point. The images are brought into Photoshop and then Blended such that you see all the detail through the final image.
For those that don’t know, this technique is called focus stacking.
One of the features in the Canon R6 is an automatic focus stack.
Set your Aperture and exposure.
Set the number of exposures to take
Focus on a point close to the camera
Release the shutter.
The camera calculates the Depth of Field and steps from near to far focus until it reaches the end of its focus range or has taken the number of exposures you set.
For this hibiscus, I was shooting with my EF100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens. The aperture was set to f/8.0, and the shutter, 1/30th of a second, ISO 800.
I would encourage the use of a tripod, but this was handheld attesting to the capability of the image stabilization.
Photoshop tries to render the whole image sharp so the background leaves, branches, and everything else is also rendered in sharp focus. To make those objects fall away, I duplicated the top (nearest) layer. This layer has all the background out of focus, soft. By applying a layer mask and concealing the flower part of the layer, allowing the stack to show through, we enjoy a very sharp flower with a less distracting soft background.

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