Floral Friday – Flowers created with AI

On Monday I did the Lens-Artist Challenge about AI. It was my first time playing around with it, and since then I’ve been playing a lot more. I kind of find it interesting to play with. So I did some research on other AI platforms and found the Google one, I think it is, Image FX. If I have it wrong let me know.

Some things were better in it than Copilot, while Copilot did better with other things. So I have been comparing.

Then when I was thinking about today’s post I realised that the flowers in my garden are pretty much done for the season, so maybe I could do flowers a different way. Do you get where I am going with this?

I thought wouldn’t it be fun to create images with AI of flowers. Then I thought what if I used both Copilot and Image FX, but give both the same instructions.

The results have been interesting. For some I like Copilot and for others Image FX. I would love to know what you think.

Now before we go any further, these images are created entirely by AI. They don’t look real, and I think we can all agree on that. They are not photos. I think perhaps we should call them digital art, or digital images. I hope you agree with me there.

I’m not going to say much more, but I’m going to give the instructions I gave each platform and then two galleries will be underneath each one. One will be for Image FX and the other for Copilot. Let’s get going.

Create an image of a lily in the garden with sun rays

Image FX

Copilot

Create an image of a rose in the garden just after rain

Image FX

Copilot

Create an image of sunflowers as they start to bloom with a sunset in the distance

Image FX

Copilot

Create an image of a field of sunflowers with a sunset in the distance

Image FX

Copilot

Create an image of lavender fields on a stormy morning

Image FX

Copilot

The header image was created with Copilot, I asked for a red dahlia on a frosty morning. I did the same with Image FX, but I liked this image more.

Do you want to see me playing more with this? I hope so because I want to explore it more. See what you can do. However, I will always say if it is AI.

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61 Comments

  1. Google is more realistic. Copilot is more like a graphic illustration. I’ve been playing around with it too. I haven’t done much with flowers since I have so many flower photographs — thousands, I think. My indoor garden is beginning to fade, but outdoors is still doing well.
    I’ve been trying for more complicated images — more abstract imagery. I still don’t know exactly how I feel about it, but it’s useful to be able to use illustrations that are not copyrighted elsewhere.

    1. I have lots of flower photos too, but I thought it might be fun to see what they do. I am enjoying playing around with AI. My garden is dead now as it is winter, but things will start flowering soon, especially the natives.
      I don’t know how I feel about it either Marilyn, but I only just started, so last to it all it seems. Thank you.

  2. Hi, Leanne. Since I also work with oil paintings, I sometimes try to diversify my subject matter with AI results first– especially if I get a moment of “painters block.” That way I get more of a “fantasy/sci-fi effect”. And I only need to utilize a simple software output like NightCafe. Otherwise, most of my oil artwork are/sketches. the result of photos or mixtures of photos/sketches. The AI stuff can be really handy in creating abstracts as well. Your stuff looks really awesome!
    Art

    1. I can see how AI would be good for you in that respect. I’ve thought of using it in a similar ways for my photography to help me plan. Yeah I think I would always use my photos, but I think AI could be handy too, will have to see where I go with it. Thank you so much Art.

  3. To me it looks as if FX just combines a couple of photographs it has in its data banks. I don’t like the Idea that AI just uses phographs that other people have taken probably without even getting permission. How would you feel if if you recognised some part of one of your photographs in what it produced.? Just curious.

    1. They definitely aren’t getting permission, I have to admit it makes me uncomfortable as well. It would be good if you could use your own, maybe put a combination together. I wouldn’t like it at all, though it would be hard to tell if they were yours or not since they use such a small amount. But I don’t know that I would ever get that serious about AI, I can see uses for it, but I like real photos. Thank you RJ.

  4. On the whole I think Image FX did a better job than CoPilot, except perhaps the lavender fields. An interesting experiment, and yes, I’d be curious to see more 🙂

    1. Yeah, I agree Sarah, FX didn’t do well with the lavender. It has been interesting and I think I would like to see more or try more. Thank you Sarah, stay tuned.

  5. I utilize AI to assist me in creating illustrations. Well-crafted prompts are where the art begins. Similar to a camera, AI is a tool for expressing creativity. Your only limit is your own imagination.

    1. I can imagine, lol. I don’t know how seriously I’m going to take it at this stage Tom, but I am curious to see what the possibilities are. Interesting you are using it for illustrations, I suspect it would be perfect for that. I find it doesn’t always understand what I’m trying to ask for, so I think AI needs to get better as well as me. Thank you.

  6. Hi Leanne
    It seems to me that these AI produced pictures follow an aesthetics that I would call kitschy. In writing I tell the programme the style in which I want something to be written; can you do this with pictures too? These pictures here are like an overidealised version of Henri Rousseau’s pictures.
    Using AI you have to be 100% clear about what you want the programme to do.
    Thanks for sharing your pictures
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Kitch is probably an appropriate word. You can a bit, I don’t really know as I have only just started trying it out. I think, from what I have worked out from others, AI for creating images is not there yet. Maybe one day, but not now. As I said I’ve only just started playing so I really don’t know what I’m doing, but I’ve been having fun. Thank you.

  7. I’ve tried this before, and it’s really fun to do. Sure, the results aren’t always perfect, but it’s enjoyable. It’s incredible what can be achieved with some experimentation. The lilies, roses and some of the sunflowers are amazing !

    I don’t get why some people feel the need to make negative comments. It’s like TV: if you don’t like it, just change the channel. We don’t need more negativity and complaining—there’s already plenty of that in the world.

    So, keep experimenting, Leanne!

    1. I agree, it is fun to do, see what the AI comes up with, can be pretty funny sometimes.
      I don’t know why either. Exactly, you can skip a post if you don’t like what I’m doing. AI isn’t anywhere so we can embrace it or, I don’t know what. I like the idea of playing around with it, and will be doing more with it when I can work it out. Though my camera will always be my number one tool for images.
      I will, and thank you so much for your words.

  8. The generated images were never your pixels, the only folk who deserve credit for them are the AI programmers and perhaps the original image creator where the image has drawn from in its database search. Taking a photograph of someone else’s image has as much authenticity in the photographic arena. Even calling it digital art, which I grant that it is, is misleading because at no stage has the creator wielded a stylus or similar device. Typing a command is all you have done. It is akin to “writing” a book by cutting and pasting from other books. AI is an amazing tool in many fields but I personally am saddened to see the rapid acceptance and use of generative AI in photography.

    1. I don’t think I said they were my pixels Keith, we know that the generators take bits of images from all over the web. This is just for fun, and no one takes it seriously, seriously. I don’t understand why you are so antagonistic about it. To me it is no different to painting by numbers, someone else has done all the work for you and all you have to do is put the right colour with the right number. I don’t think this is any different. I think you will find that everyone agrees the images don’t look real. I am not passing them off as anything other than AI generated images. I think we have been using AI in photography for many years, it is up to you where you use it or not. I’ve tended to stay away from it because I don’t like the results. The “photos” on this site are all mine. Still we can fun with stuff like this. The crap it gives some times, well you just have to laugh at it.

  9. Oh my goodness. These look like what you’d find in a greetings card shop on a bad day. If this is what AI comes up with, ‘real’ photographers have nothing to worry about.

    1. That is it exactly Margaret, or on books and that sort of thing, not real at all. I don’t think we do either, thank you.

    1. Oooh thank you Anne, that is really nice of you to say. I have to say I prefer real photos too. I won’t be giving up my camera anytime soon.

  10. Look at you! You really got inspired. I didn’t have as much luck. Maybe I will try again some time. I think the FX images look more real and the Co-pilot more fantastical.

    1. Hahaha, thank you Dawn, I’ve been having fun with it all. I hope you do try again, maybe you will get inspired when you see what others are doing. I agree that the FX images look more real.

  11. Interesting experiments, Leanne. To me, it seemed that Copilot created less realistic images. I prefered the ones from Google for realism. I’m not familiar with Image FX. Here, from Google, I’m using Gemini.

    1. Thank you Egidio, I think that Copilot gives more mood to the images where Image FX tries to be more realistic. I haven’t heard of Gemini, there are so many different ones. I have just begun.

  12. This was interesting. I like the header a lot, but for the rest of the images, I preferred Image FX. The Copilot images look just too fake. Yes, I like you showing comparisons!

    1. Thank you Lois, I think comparisons are good. I think as I find my way around it all I might find other ways of using it to help with my photography.

    1. Thank you John, I think we all agree they aren’t real, and nothing wrong with that. I think when we watch cartoons we know they aren’t real, and I think it is the same with these. AI has a long way to go before it does that.

  13. Yes! Keep exploring. I like all the photos but have to say Copilot is best because of the in depth detail and the light setting. AI provides us an outlet for our creativity, so much to explore. I’m also enjoying the stories Copilot creates. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. I like some with Image FX and some with Copilot, interesting what you get with them. I have some ideas of what I can use it for, but my next step is work out how to use my own photos. Thank you and you have a good day too.

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