I love the licorice aroma that star anise exudes and its shape is one of the most interesting to me of all spices. I chose to photograph it because a recent challenge from my Daily Challenge group was herbs and/or spices. Of course I used my macro lens and of course I chose to do focus stacking to create a completely in focus image. There is a little bit of what appears to be ghosting around some of the edges which resulted from the fact that I had set the spice onto a small mirror to take the shots and what looks like ghosting is a really little bit of light reflecting off the mirror.
I used 15 images to create this shot.