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Flame Fractals continue to dazzle

Auroral Spiral

Revisit the beauty of mathematics with this second flame fractal set. Click here to view our first, extremely popular flame fractal gallery.

Webshots member rajah created these Fractal Flames with Apophysis--a freeware Windows application with which you can design and render fractal flames. According to http://apophysis.wikispaces.com/ and http://www.flam3.com/, Fractal Flames were created by Scott Draves in 1992 and are an "extension of the iterated function system class of fractals".

Click on each image for a full-size version.

© Webshots - rajahh

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13 comments
silvercat62
silvercat62

they never seem to amaze me. Thank you for the wonderful flames. I really enjoy them.

jok
jok

Amazing fractalisation

jennifer.stanford
jennifer.stanford

I'm hoping someone will make a screensaver show out of this; I'd never get any work done though.

rakulady
rakulady

True artistry...your comments add to the animation of the images. Great program. Your manipulations inspire the imagination. And the best part, it just keeps getting better. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I enjoy your sense of humor.

AkaSantaJr346
AkaSantaJr346

This is the second set of fractals I have seen posted by Roger Johnston. I have saved both to my computer to use as wallpaper as to a tribute to his fine work. I've tried to make some of my own, but have never gotten the hang of it. Roger, the only alteration I have even done to you fractals is to returns them to their titles when I save them. I hope you don't mind. Numbers just don't do them justice. They are true works of art from the only divine language of the universe......mathematics. Kudos

__techne__
__techne__

I'm really excited and amazed by this kind of art. May be this is the art of future: combining irration vivid imagination and art vision with strong mathematical base it produces an amazing abstract pictures. So may be fractals with expand their in fluence on other kinds of human art activity? I'm sure it will one of the art movements in near future.

guitarplaya2000
guitarplaya2000

I'm dazzled that mathematics can actually do this...I should have study math a little harder in school!

rajohnston
rajohnston

There is considerable debate as to whether fractal images qualify as art. I hold that if we respond to them as we do classical art, then it is not far from being art. Thanks again.

pkrouse
pkrouse

Roger, your images are simply stunning. I have tried to get the hang of flame fractals using apophysis, but I am not succeeding. What software do you use to create images like these?