Cactus Flower

It’s a rainy cool day here so I tried to get some shots of the squirrels and Blue Jays from the kitchen window, but they all turned their backs on me.
Finally, I took multiple shots of this tiny cactus flower.  

I read an article a few days ago about focus stacking macro images in PS so I thought I would give this a try.  I just wanted to walk through the procedure and see how it went with the 10 shots I took, using various points in focus.  

The cactus is only about 2 inches tall and the red flower adds another 1.5 inches, so you get an idea of how small it is.  I took the shots handheld, indoors on the kitchen counter next to the window, with my new 32 mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens. (Oh how I love this lens).   The focus stacking process took a while and this was the result.  I never expected this to be my blip for today, but I have to say, for a first attempt, I was pleased with the result even though I can see that I still missed a couple of focus points.  

For anyone interested in this, the link is HERE.

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