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Spireae Flowers, Up Close and Personal
Now this is a revealing photo...
This is a macro photo, taken with the 120mm Macro lens for the Phase One XF camera. The flowers were just a few inches from the front of the lens.
I was struck by the color and contrast of the little blossoms; each one is only about a quarter inch in diameter. I took 30 individual shots; each one with a slightly different focus so that all of the details are in focus for the final image. (They were combined as a focus stack in Affinity Photo.)
I got a surprise when I zoomed in to 100%:
Yep, that’s right: pollen spread everywhere, the ‘morning after’ of insect-assisted sexual reproduction. No one’s going to have to clean up after the party, of course; the petals will drop and the seeds will be forming before you know it.
Why did I have to take so many images? Individual images have only a small slice of the flowers in focus. Here’s a small section where a few of the stamens are in focus:
There’s also one petal at bottom center also in focus. Because the flowers are layered, it took 30 images to get everything front to back in focus—and the leaves were left mostly outside the zone of focus as they were mostly pretty far back.