Ok need some technical help.
Took a couple hundred macros today and most of them look like this.
The damn thing is perfectly in focus in my viewfinder, but hardly any of the pix are in focus. I even went up to f11.
I have pix of a still flower thats not in focus. See example.
Makes me so mad because I wasted all that time with hardly anything usable. Not one looks like your nice pix Mt.
What looks like its causing it? I dont really notice back focus. I even tried to focus some manually.
I don't know what your camera is but if you have AFMA, use it. I'm using a 500D but didn't have any problem with my nonL 100mm USM. Also, use at least F9 or smaller aperture, say F11 and so on... to increase DOF. This is the reason why proper lighting is critical. Being able to adjust your aperture up to F22, most of the time is required to have at least enough DOF to make your subject in-focus.
Here are some pics taken at F11.
and my favorite: