Question on focus/depth of field approach for flower photography

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Question on focus/depth of field approach for flower photography
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I am headed to a local botanical garden next week to photograph flowers. Since my primary focus is wildlife, I don’t have a lot of experience with flowers and have been reviewing lots of photos online. I don’t have any issues with the technical aspects, but my question centers around focus. I have seen photos considered “great” where focus ranges from insanely sharp throughout the flower to only a small portion of the flower being in focus. I know some can be counted as artistic expression of image and color, but curious if there are any basic guidelines that drive the use of focus in the composition. With wildlife, if the eye is not sharp you can generally trash the image. I know, there are always exceptions.

Any guidance is appreciated.

David

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