I found this nice Gregg’s Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) specimen growing near a pond at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a couple of weeks ago. I liked this particular one because I could put a nice dark background which would better highlight the flower.
Gregg’s Mistflower is a common addition to people’s gardens as the annual display of lavender blooms coincides with the migration of Monarch butterflies, which are attracted to its nectar. Thus, the flowers are frequently found covered with butterflies during the fall.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II Digital Camera using my Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used only natural light to light the subject. I used the Kirk FR-2 Focusing Rail to capture 5 photographs and brought them together into one image using Photoshop and the Focus Stacking technique. I finished the image in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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