Thanks to neighbors who grow the most beautiful sunflowers! Image acquisition was with my favorite Nikon D850, and a Nikon 70-200mm @200. I shot at f5.6, which produced the lovely shallow depth of field. Shoot with small f-stops (numbers) to enhance your subject and separate it from your background. Subject to background distance is an important factor as well. The further the subject is from the background, the background will appear softer, and less distracting.
So there you have it. A simple strategy to produce photos with more zing . . . smaller f-stops and increased subject to background distance. Happy shooting!