One lesson i've learned is flowers can droop quite quickly, between one focus and the next. That means the focus stacking -- using multiple images to get different parts in focus and then creating a composite with only the focussed parts -- can't use many images or there's blur from the movement.
I'm still working on jigsaw-like edits where i pull best pieces together and edit out the motion before applying the focus stacking.
Here's a different member of the asteraceae family, taken a month before:
I can see a significant improvement in my technique. I'm happy about the improvement in lighting and focus.
In other news, wow, blue foot. But the swelling is down, and i'm going to give going into the office a go today. Traffic should be sane and i can get a baseline for next week. The office may be EMPTY, of course, but there are things i can do there, like look for some lost paperwork.