For these I simply prompted: "View of New York City skyline at dawn with the sky beginning to turn pink behind the tall skyscrapers. Photorealistic digital art."
Friday, September 23, 2022
"Beside the ruins of an ancient African city a camel caravan and Arab traders plod through the Sahara Desert sand dunes under a blazing hot sky. Digital art in style of French painter Gerome."
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
In these images I was hoping to recreate something of the mood of Edward Hopper's famous Nighthawks and wrote:
"A late night diner with neon sign overhead on empty street. Through the large window a few lonely customers can be seen seated at counter drinking coffee. Digital art in the style of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks."
Unfortunately, I didn't think the results were all that successful.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Friday, September 16, 2022
For these images I gave DALL-E 2 the following detailed prompt:
"Alpine summer meadow filled with flowers. Beautiful woman dressed all in white clutches handpicked bouquet as she walks slowly in the background. Light mist floats above meadow as dawn sky behind high mountains turns pink. Photorealistic."
I thought these images were among the most successful I obtained with DALL-E 2, perhaps because my instructions were more detailed than I usually provide.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
"Beautiful Japanese woman wearing colorful kimono and obi surrounded by peacocks in lush summer garden beside ancient 5-story Japanese pagoda. Digital art in style of Japanese ukiyo-e print."
These were the images the app generated. I'm not sure it understood the meaning of "ukiyo-e," or for that matter of "kimono."
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Monday, September 12, 2022
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Friday, September 9, 2022
My first attempt at using DALL-E 2 was to imagine a bustling early 20th century New York City street scene in the style of John Sloan, a member of the Eight and the Ashcan School and always one of my favorite painters. I thought the app came up with some truly interesting images and I was definitely pleased with the results.
I've decided this blog, with its emphasis on AI, is a perfect vehicle for displaying the images I've created through the use of DALL-E 2 and similar apps, and I'll hopefully be posting them here regularly alongside the digital photos I take with my cameras. For me, the appeal of AI is this: While with my camera I'm limited to capturing what I see before me, with AI my only limit is the extent of my imagination.
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
I received an email from On 1 yesterday announcing that the newest version of its RAW processor, Photo RAW 2023, will be released in October. I had purchased the 2022 version of the company's plug-ins late last year and so as a current user have regularly been receiving "sneak peek" emails with videos demonstrating the app's new features and I have to admit they're interesting enough to entice me to purchase the upgrade. In particular, I was intrigued by the sharpening/noise removal tool and the masking and selection tools, not to mention the Liquify tool already included in the 2022 version. The videos themselves, or at least those released so far, can be viewed on the app's What's New page. And then there's the promise of 125 new skies available through On 1's partnership with Ocudrone.
The last version of Photo RAW I purchased was the 2019, but I wasn't particularly thrilled by it. It was one of those apps that looked better on paper than it proved to be in actual use. And even now I will most likely continue to use DxO PhotoLab 5 as my default RAW processor, especially as I have no real need of Photo RAW's cataloging features. Still there's more than enough in Photo RAW to make it worth the purchase price.
Photo RAW 2023 is currently available for preorder, and the offer includes a number of bonuses including the use of the 2022 version until 2023 is actually released. In addition, two packs of adaptive presets (landscape and portrait) as well as a Mask AI video course will be given to those who preorder. The cost for new users is $99.99 while the upgrade is priced at $79.99. There are also subscription models available.