As a photographer when I find flowers or interesting plants of the sorts I get excited. It's like finding treasure. It's the equivalent of gold to the viewfinder. As a man, I'm like flowers are for girls and shit. I don't like flowers.
As I was visiting my favorite little slough I saw in the distance a pink flower. It was facing the slough though so it didn't really do me any good. Then just a few feet away from that flower was the only one looking away from the lake. I dug my tripod into the thick brush hoping no snakes, raccoon, or any other animal popped out of it. Luckily, I just saw a few spiders. And, if you knew me you'd know that spiders are the worst, but this flower was looking at me the way I look at french fries.
I focused stacked this image as it's not a single shot. I had one shot focused on the lower foreground plants, one shot focused solely on the flower, and another for the lake and the sky. I threw the three images into Photoshop and auto-aligned them first and then layer masked the three focal images until I got the crisp image I was looking for... then I dug in with luminosity masks and soft fills for less harsh plant structure.
From Of The Sea