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The chosen ones, part VI

From Gallery 12, Eddie Van Halen!

Absolutely accidental. Serendipity is back. It started I guess with explorations of the image called “falco” and its “sub-images”, as the “falco” main theme still appears behind the “guitar”. I did a bunch of these (only one was posted though) with the same look and just changing the colouring algorithms but in some random colouring and zoom combination (a zoom out I guess, something people should try more often), this other image appeared*. I think no further tweaks were done other than maybe some positioning if any, but nothing in regard of the aspect of the “guitar” was changed. It seems to be a nice clone of the Frankenstrat after all.

It’s one of the images here that is most visited, because people seem to search for Eddie and this image appears in the results.

* Looking a bit more into the details, it seems that the “guitar” is a separate image from the “falco” pattern (although both might have came from the same formula), that seems to have been layered over the “guitar”, not behind it.

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The chosen ones, pt. 1

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It was originally made in Fractint, and imported into UltraFractal for rendering, rendering in 256 colours only wouldn’t make it look as smooth as it is.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