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Flame Fractals offer a feast for the eyes

Crab Cooker

Webshots member rajahh cooks up another batch of fantastic Fractal Flames using Apophysis--a freeware Windows application with which you can design and render Fractal Flames.

Sometimes strange visions rise out of the Apophysis cookpot.

© Webshots - rajahh

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38 comments
dcota
dcota

I truly believe that when it is all done and said; God created the Universes (plural) using chaos and fractals and from a very large view our universe appears as a tree in a forest of trees like it. I think every time there is a black hole it creates a big bang in another universe that appears as another tree near ours. Lee Smolin approached this ideal in his Life in the Cosmos book but I think he backed out at the end... Too scary if it is that simple.

amashley
amashley

Thanks for sharing, these are wonderful. From an artist

bsmith
bsmith

What fantastic work!! These are beautiful and exceptionally creative. Great job and thank you for allowing us to view your work.

uma.mahadevan
uma.mahadevan

What fantasitic creations!!! I really am amazed.. and thrilled about the possibilities..

eivaai
eivaai

how can I find the mathematical function of these fractals? ramin.soltani@yahoo.com

dvwilson
dvwilson

Wonderful treats for the eyes - I like to combine viewing them with audio treats a la Meatloaf, UB40 etc.. I also find them wonderful inserts for email to my Grandchildren! They remind me of the first versions of "computer generated art" that I ever saw in a book titled "Cybernetic Serendipity" that I bought during the infancy of "micro" computers. I wonder what that book might be worth on eBay today?

mfanet
mfanet

I see that I'm real late coming to this discussion, but wanted to chime in anyway. These are great. They made me fondly recall a Mandelbrot fractals screensaver I used in the 80s. (I actually still have the disk.) The problem with the goshdarn thing was I never wanted to DO what I sat at the computer to do! - I just wanted to watch the endless generations of fascinatingly complex, beautiful designs. Then, behold! -I read Falconeer's post "Actually, you can make them yourself" and find that it is STILL through Mandelbrot that the most beauty through mathematics is being created, more than 20 years later!! Thank you, Mr. Mandelbrot and others, for this humanly valuable work. I can't wait to see what the NEXT 20 years will bring forth from it.

cbsi
cbsi

This is just plain beautiful, Thank you

ttik_ttak
ttik_ttak

Pleasing to the eyes on a Friday morning.

MC68000
MC68000

Truely awe inspiring.

ziamirza_sa
ziamirza_sa

Add mind-boggling! A beautiful application of Mandelbrot's discovery.

jacobdorne
jacobdorne

Can someone save a high res copy of each of these and put them into a ZIP archive and e-mail it to me at jacobdorne@gmail.com

john1bru
john1bru

Have you checked Deviant or Woosie.

paul
paul

Brilliant :-) !

subir_dhar
subir_dhar

Hi great art!! Where can I buy such art in India?? Any pointers? If such shops are not there - I am thinking why not set up a shop to market such beautiful images! Please message me at subir_dhar at rediffmail dot com Regards Subir

edengroup
edengroup

I found the majority of images had a dark and sinister persona. Artistic but not for me!

acarreira
acarreira

It is not just the beauty! It is the novelty! It is the wonder of knowing that it is human-made with mathematics! Art and mathematics, two of the most brilliant human creations/discoveries!

bill
bill

Awesome,,, thanks

alan
alan

Breathtaking! Superlatives escape me.

nsargologos
nsargologos

I'd like to purchase a print of this fractal image, it's just beautiful. Does anyone know where I can find it?

Falconeer
Falconeer

There are about 30 or so poplar factual sets with the two most commonly known as the Mandelbrot and Julian sets. I think the following will point you in the direction you wish to go http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal Actually the math behind the factual is relatively straightforward at first. Unfortunately when I first became interested in the math I was using an Apple II it took days to really drill down to something interesting.

mfanet
mfanet

Thank you. I seldom explore my mental or soul cavities to parse out why I like something (unless it's overtly obvious, of course) -- but now that you mention it, I understand why I like so many of these. However -- to destroy the mystique for myself and others and "de-sinisterize" them -- they are like anything from blow-ups of microscopic tissue samples, to designs of Sacred Geometry (that Michaelangelo would be proud of), to fantastic webs made by alien spiders, to.... you name it. There is something organic and elemental about them -- resonant on a gut or cellular level - that we recognize. And this explains why some are drawn, some are frightened, and some are repulsed. Are we really just creatures made of mathematics, in some fundamental way that we don't quite grasp?? i Robot. lol

Dan Aquinas
Dan Aquinas

I found your comment somewhat full of intrigue. Could you expound on what you found sinister about these images? Something as simple as the use of black as a background for most of the images, or something (probably) deeper?

Dan Aquinas
Dan Aquinas

I agree that humans discovering math and creating art are two of its more nobler achievements. Leads to the question, perhaps, of what is the origins of each? In other words, "why is there math"?

ekennedy1
ekennedy1

You might be able to purchase a picture from Webshots! - www.webshots.com/ it's worth looking. Hope this helps.

INNETTECH
INNETTECH

I would like to purchase a fractal image print by Robert Johnston. I'm looking for a place to buy one too! Any help?

Falconeer
Falconeer

Yes, the Mandelbrot series is fascinating by the now ?fast computers? as it doesn?t take days to calculate these points. I remember in the early 80?s that it would take a day or so to ?drill down? the fractal to a point of interest. I still use the free down loadable program Apophysis 2.0 developed & copyrighted by Mark Townsen in 2004. If I?m not mistaken TechRepublic offered it as a downloadable some 2 years ago. I?ll see if I can find its? site. Ah, after some minutes: it?s now up to version 2.06c beta. In the help section is a PDF ?The Fractal Frame Algorithm?. Hold your breath on the math as it has almost nothing to do with ?real-world? programming. Here us the source: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=127736 The trick is to ?find? a interest point in the drill-down otherwise you?ll end up with a rather menial render, now, as a programmer/developer/designer/poor/rich/living from check to check/ I can usually add 2 + 2 and do other variations such as subtraction, algebra, and other ?useable? stuff in my coding, but the math in the Mandelbrot and Julian series is just a ?wee bit over my head, ?cept after a ?few? I discover the elegant structure. Never mind, just look at the following ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set Oh, you can use the animated files rendering as a screen saver, I don?t use them as I?m very old and can?t wait for the delay to return to tasks. (insert laughter here) If you?ve got lots of ink, they can translate to rather ?pretty pictures? but I?d check on the legal ramifications if your intent is to sell them. I, for one, will be watching. But, enjoy.. The Falconeer

panzrwagn
panzrwagn

And as such can describe many things with great ease, like the relationships between radii and circumference of circles, the the dimensions and volume capacities of shapes, or the repeating and incremented patterns of fractals. But when the complexity becomes to great to easily describe with mathematics, we have the other descriptive and expressive languages like art, sculpture, and music to rely on. But whatever we describe, in whatever language, either existed independently as a reality or as an abstraction before we described it.

a.southern
a.southern

Beauty cannot be quantified, Yet the most beautiful equation is one plus one is two. try that in the bar tonight..... ...if she's p!ssed as a newt, she might go for it......

rajohnston
rajohnston

I have not actually authorized either TechRepublic to display or the above-mentioned www.cafepress.com to sell the images shown here. Having said that, I appreciate the response to my work and the emails that have been sent directly to me at rajohnston(at)socal(dot)rr(dot)com Roger Johnston