You're going to start to think I'm stalking you!! I like this one better than the original - I can't put my finger on it, but I think it's showing off more of the texture, and colour. Plus, the perspective makes you think for a quick second - it's not obvious that it's a milkweed the moment you look at it.
Very impressive with 22 layers. I'm still trying to wrap my head around turning the focus ring that many times - there can't be any real way of accurately incrementing the turns, can there? Besides the method that Stagecoach mentioned earlier; taping a pre-marked graph around the lens.
At any rate - I'm just going to have to try for myself. Another great shot though Dan!!
Nice detail Dan! Looking good with the color, composition and black background!
Allan, re this:
No, I don't think so. However, by watching the rubber grip on the focus ring--ribbed on my lens--you can make sure that the movement is small. I just try to err on the side of making the motion smaller than the maximum that would work. There is no great harm (other than slow stacking) in having slices that overlap, but if you have a gap, there is nothing you can do to fix it. In this case, I would bet that if I actually calculated the DOF and could control the focusing accurately enough, I could have made do with half as many images, maybe fewer.there can't be any real way of accurately incrementing the turns, can there?