Archive for July 11th, 2010

The chosen ones, pt. 2

by on Jul.11, 2010, under Images

From gallery 04, these 2:

“A thousand skimo eyes”

And “baby seal”

They were made apart from each other. Happened by accident, both, not planned at all. And when I went to sort out the images to appear in the new galleries, they (accidentally, again) ended up in the same gallery, in sequence. Organized chaos?

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I’m officially old.

by on Jul.11, 2010, under General

Here goes another rant.

As I’ve been a little away from the fractal world for the past years, I am doing some updatings on my pretty old fractal links and lists of resources and I’m trying to find new stuff like tutorials, galleries, etc. that might be appearing here sometime as most of my old links like that seem to be dead. So I went to look for “UF tutorials”. “OK. Here are some. Let’s try this one at DA” I said.

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The chosen ones, pt. 1

by on Jul.11, 2010, under Images

As mentioned, i’ll try to pick some images I like from the galleries and talk a bit about them (it will not be a tutorial on how to do something similar!). I’ll try to follow the order of the galleries, just to avoid forgetting something. This will not be some sort of “my best images” series, I’ll be picking images that are between my favourites not only for their appearance, but sometimes due to another reason.

Galleries 1 & 2 don’t really have any special images. Gallery 3 has one that is worth mentioning, “Oh so pretty”.

It was originally made in Fractint, and imported into UltraFractal for rendering, rendering in 256 colours only wouldn’t make it look as smooth as it is. The original colours were different I think.

This kind of image is always a favourite. Whenever I get some repetitive pattern, be it with a full “theme” being repeated (in this case, the spiral) or lots of different things (re)appearing here and there, it always gets my attention. Add a bit of symmetry to this repetition, and there you go.

I have noticed that it’s a bit more “easy” (faster?) to get this kind of image in Fractint, when you are like me and haven’t memorized what every formula or parameter does by heart. Serendipity at its best. If you’re just exploring with some new stuff without any planning, sometimes these lovely images appear unpexpectedly. I have since learned ways to get something more specific if I need too – I’ve learned that the “Barnsley” formulas for example are good for symmetrical stuff (this image probably is one of them) – but sometimes a bit of pure luck while in unknown territories is still the best part of this game.

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