My first tulip has bloomed! I used a new free action from MCP actions to add the texture to this image. Although I can add the textures manually, I feel like this action shortens my editing by a few steps. I wanted the red to pop so I used a layer mask to erase some of the texture off the flower. I think I might have found the sweet spot of my 50mm lens. It appears to be at its sharpest at f2.2 aperture especially at a closer focal range. I also took a Polaroid of this flower which I will post when it has dried enough to scan. I went through my box of Polaroids and have decided I might mat and frame them to sell on etsy. After all, what good are they just sitting in a box and not being enjoyed? I need to figure out the best way to present them in the coming days. Yet another project.