I like how hollyhock flowers grow close together. Here I saw how a second plant with different colour was trying to get in on the act in the garden. Only after examining the stacked result did I notice how a beetle had been resting motionless for all the shots, a polite photobomber! Can you spot it?
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Is it sharp enough as a stack? I’m still a beginner at stacking.
Is this a composite: No
D500 +105mm macro lens. 1/500 f8 ISO 400.
9 shots stacked in Zerene Stacker (P Max).
Topaz Denoise (Low Light), slight lowering of highlights, square cropped
Beautiful flowers, Mike. Great detail in each flower and the intruder is just showing off, I think. My eyes are really bad, but is the beetle located in the just under the lowest flower on the left hand side? Just a guess. Nice capture.
I wonder if it is ever possible to photograph flowers without an insect in the frame. Most of the time I don’t look for them unless they are readily apparent and will make a important contribution to the image.
But flowers and insects are inevitable. Flowers need them and the insects need the flowers. Why should we be surprised?
As to the photograph. It is beautiful and I keep coming back to enjoy the hollyhocks. The more I return, the more I find that the forth flower, of a different color is out of place. Frankly, I prefer just the three. That “other” flower feels like it’s trying to force it’s way into image. I know you can’t remove or reshoot, so my opinion is rhetorical.
I guess it’s my ingrained “the balance of threes” compositional style, but as we all do in these conversations, note that it’s simply my humble opinion.