I found a perfect composition to take advantage of my 16-35mm wide angle lens @ 16mm. By moving slightly closer than the len's closest focusing distance, I used the hyperfocal principal to have the cluster of Swamp Roses dominate the foreground. Several focal slices were then taken to ensure sharpness throughout the image and allow maximum enlargement for prints. I manually blended the focal slices taken at the same exposure along with another exposure based upon the sky /sun brightness. The sun/sky exposure was taken at f16 to created the dramatic sun star. Focal stacking is a fantastic way of overcoming the focal shortcomings of a lens and not sacrifice sharpness in the final image. The resulting image gives the expansive depth that drew us to a scene in the first place.