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These days, I am enamored by the focus stacking technique to shoot objects that are completely in focus.

Recently I tried it on a peacock feather. While the end result was satisfactory, I am wondering if focus stacking was appropriate for the peacock feather to begin with. In order to get the complete feather in focus, I could have placed it on a white sheet of paper, laying it flat on the ground and used a smaller aperture and a wider-angle (not necessarily a wide-angle lens) to keep the whole feather in the frame.

But by using the focus stacking method, I could focus very close to the feather and get a final frame where all portions of the feather are in focus.

There is one word for what I attempted – Overkill.

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