Archive for June 22nd, 2010

Fractal Gallery 01 – a first attempt

This is kind of a beta-test to see how it will look like when posting a full gallery at once instead of individual images. If it looks too bad, I’ll switch to single posts for each image. Or not.

The image description(s) seem to be partially imported from what I’ve used already in Picasa, not bad, saved me some extra typing. Unfortunately, if I choose to upload the images all at once, they are sorted (and indexed, which is really what counts) in alphabetical order (using their file names), but as the gallery as it is now doesn’t show any labels indicating the image’s actual name, it’s not a real problem – you just see the image’s real name if you hover its thumbnail.

The images will appear as thumbnails, all at once (that’s one of the purposes of a gallery, duh). If you click any of them, the image browser will open, starting with the image you’ve clicked, with the full post text (again) and all that info about the image (name, description). Use the navigation menu to view the next/previous images. Try to start browsing at the first picture, but it’s just a suggestion. If you click the image while in “browsing” mode, it will be reopened in the same page in its original size (good if you want to see it bigger), just click the “back” arrow in your browser to come back to the gallery. A right-click works too, if you want to open it in a new browser window/tab (I prefer this method whenever I want to see details).

Each gallery has 12 images. I think I can post up to 20 images before the gallery gets an extra page (and I don’t really want this), maybe 15 is a good number. We’ll see.

From what I’ve tested, the image tags only appear when the images are posted individually. If there’s a gallery, the gallery tags are shown in the post, not the individual image tags. Probably if you click the tag in the tag browser to see everything that is related to a certain tag that is also a tag that is attributed to an image, perhaps the image(s) links to these related images will appear in your filter/selection. Also, some specific images might deserve their own post(s) in the future. Again, we’ll see.

Tip: try the “view with PicLens” for a different thing as well. Adjust the loop speed to your taste if needed.

OK, enough talking, here it goes.

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About the images, part V

Let me explain some of the weird image names you’ll see here and some other naming techniques I might be using.

How hard is it to name an image? Very, at times. Let’s say you have a daughter. Why did you name it “Moon Unit” instead of the plain old “Mary”? Weird isn’t it? Well… probably mr. Frank Zappa had a good reason for that (yes that’s the real name of one of his kids). If you have a daughter and if you are a big Zappa fan, you might name your daughter like that too – and it will make perfect sense for you.

When I name some image, I try to name it according to what I’m feeling at the moment (sounds cliché, but it’s for real), some situation that happened while making the image (or previously), a song I’m listening to, etc. and even some obvious name if the image looks like something from the “real world”. Some of these names probably will only make sense to me. That’s not the point, I don’t have to name it using some more common name “just because”.

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About the images, part IV

It’s also important to mention some other details about the images: what kind of images you can expect to find here.

I’ve discovered this amazing site, Orbit Trap, and I agree with their thoughts and views in many points and by reading some of these posts I decided to restart/resume my fractal creations. At some point in a certain post about “art” (or something) there they mention how most of the more appreciated images (in art “communities” sites like Deviant Art) by a certain “respected” group of fractal artists (doesn’t an amateur artist deserves respect as well?) aren’t really fractals. As mentioned in a certain previous post here, to be considered a fractal the image must have certain technical qualities (the more, the most “pure” a fractal is, I suppose), and to me, the most important visual characteristic of a fractal is the self-similarity. Whenever I see one image with that characteristic, immediately I tend to associate it with a fractal – be it just a picture of a cauliflower or something done in Ultra Fractal.

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