Often, sunflower images show the flower rendered with perfect symmetry and perfect shape. Rather, this image shows the sunflower petals a little bit ragged and not exactly symmetrical. One can imagine this sunflower as having been blown around a bit in a wind. I think this sunflower corresponds a bit more to “real life.” I imagine this sunflower as embodying more than the usually pictured “perfect” bloom – It’s not perfect; it exhibits some “wear and tear” yet retains the essence of the ideal sunflower.

More about Synthetic Photography

I love the rich textures, the colors, the depth achieved by Midjourney in the field of wheat here.

I want to recommend Phil Steele, whose online course about Midjourney is the best, fastest, most easily navigated introduction to Midjourney. It’s a good introduction, and it then gets quickly into more advanced features to provide a solid beginning with Midjourney and Synthetic Photography.

There are at least two ways that A.I. imaging and traditional photography interact. The first I have already discussed. It’s useful, and sometimes necessary, to bring a traditional photographic sensitivity to creating images. Knowing about composition, camera and lens mechanics, exposure and lighting helps with giving Midjourney instructions to produce something like you envision.

The second is that the images digitally created by the A.I. need not be seen as final and definitive. The images can still be edited, in big or little ways, with any photographic editing programs like Lightroom. (I am devoted to Capture One.) Textures can be added or altered, lighting and exposure can be modified. The overall “look” of the image can be significantly tweaked – or changed altogether.

Here is another recent image in the florals category, irises at sunrise.