One for the Morbidity and Mortality Committee ;)... Set-up: subject was downslope, so I leveled the tripod and relied on the head to tilt the camera forward 20-degrees. I then brought the rear standard back 20-degrees to control the "shape" of the log, and then used front tilt to try to fine tune focus. Conclusions: 1.) I needed a smaller aperture than f/32 since it seems the plane of focus skims over the top of the scooped-out trunk; and 2.) I should have used a bit of swing to follow the angle of the tree trunk diagonally across the frame.
Does this sound plausible to y'all?