This supermacro photo of the center of a Gaillardia flower is a birthday gift for Tuna. She is the queen of small things and has taught me to appreciate objects like the tiny Epimedium flowers that my aged eyes might otherwise have missed. Indeed I’ve found whole new worlds of beauty within the objects that I might otherwise pass by. Included with the gift of this photo is the software that I used to create it. Or at least the recommendation that Tuna should cash the check that we are sending and consider using it to purchase the Helicon Focus software that lets you combine pictures taken at different planes of focus in order to create a picture with extremely sharp focus over the whole image. This is particularly useful for macro photography but also applies to landscape photography when you want to maintain both near and far objects in focus. The company makes a complete working version of the software available for 30 days.
Other samples of my experimentations on Macros using this approach are shown below:
Happy Birthday Tuna!