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Fractal art from the XaoS zoomer

Royal flame fractal

Here's a collection of fractal images that were generated using XaoS, free fractal zoomer software. The Fractal Foundation provides instructions on how to use XaoS.

Related Geekend post: Create fractal art with XaoS freeware.

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38 comments
james_voris
james_voris

Some of these fractals shown are near dead ringers of the types of imagery I have experienced if I rub my eyes and keep a light bit of pressure on the eyeball. Only difference is it is in motion. I assume it is the blood flow in the retina but it is very close to some of these images.

trog7
trog7

yes the fractals are still a wonder of the science of mathematics. to generate a standard Mandelbrot or Julia Set with some of the older computers, when they were new, could sometimes take days to realize just one picture ... then spend hours zooming in through the fields, and having to wait patiently ... ... ... while the page redraws ...

trog7
trog7

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abubakar.abdulkadir
abubakar.abdulkadir

This, and many similar ones posted sofar, remind me of the 'AfterDark' screen saver for Windows 85 and 98 some years abo. Ver nice. Abubakar

Sarma2010
Sarma2010

These are like Rorschach Test cards.

bergenfx
bergenfx

Mind's I Temple Edited to change to: Mind's I Pie ala Mode Edited to Edit to Change to: Mind's I Paranoia Pie Meta-disaster Fractioned off to Edit to Edit to Change to: Mind's I Chicken & Meta-Dumplings Pie, Hold the Mayo

viralnexxus
viralnexxus

Awesome stuff! Some of these are really tripped out and psychedelic. I like #13, #25 & #30 .

ccadorette
ccadorette

These should be made into a screen saver. I would use it.

parell
parell

Those looks good

BaldEagle1996
BaldEagle1996

Eye in the Sky (for those who remember the song)

C
C

...would be jealous!

strat4axe
strat4axe

I love it ,I've been ionto fractals for years,ever since a programmer friend of mine was working on his own 'fractal generater,great to see it out there .

trilithium
trilithium

I wonder if anyone in the rug or carpet business would see the potential value in fractals (as in the examples on this web page) as eye-catching designs? There would be an endless variety of designs from which to choose.

chang,lily
chang,lily

too sharp a contrast - it does not give a "sense" of snowflake.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

By the way, were can you find the originals so you can see all their fine beauty in full original detail? I can enlargen them with my fractal scaling program but that still adds imperfections and distortions, but the software can add some missing details also. But my software is back from 1993 when I first watched a PBS special on fractals. And it has worked great. Time consuming on a 386 but like a snap of your fingers on a 64x2 going 30 times faster than the old 386 ever could.

kmadison
kmadison

Looks like a cheap way to provide backgrounds for portraits. I would add a gaussian blur though as these images would be distracting if used as is. Free stuffs are good!

ivo
ivo

smile, a fractal. copy a smile in your face and in your friend and the other friend and so on. a smile to sir Benoit Mandelbrot. and a wish to see him in other life.

wwwqueen
wwwqueen

There is a guy (Doug Harrington)who has made a lot of those at: www.fractalarts.com He's been doing them for years. You can get prints, posters, etc., too. Also called Amazing Seattle Fractals. I tried to find a fabric manufacturer who would make up some fabric using his prints, but never found one - just got a lot of chinese spam ;-}

wwwqueen
wwwqueen

I have always thought a line of fabric patterns would be wonderful. A line of women's clothing, flowing and colorful silk. Been hoping to see it for years. Some folks have been doing print on T-shirts, but wondering why the fabric industry hasn't picked up on some of it.

jgeorge12001
jgeorge12001

You said: "By the way, were can you find the originals so you can see all their fine beauty in full original detail? I can enlargen them with my fractal scaling program but that still adds imperfections and distortions, but the software can add some missing details also. But my software is back from 1993 when I first watched a PBS special on fractals. And it has worked great. Time consuming on a 386 but like a snap of your fingers on a 64x2 going 30 times faster than the old 386 ever could." Check out the free Fractint software at http://spanky.triumf.ca/www/fractint/fractint.html which was what I used when I first got interested in the subject, back in the Ancient Days (early '90s). Now in Version 20, and still free.

wwwqueen
wwwqueen

Damn, you beat me to it.

AmishCake
AmishCake

It looks like a spiral galaxy. How about "The Silky Way?" The art is gorgeous.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

I never give names to fractal art images, to me that is as practical as giving a line in our federal tax code a name, it is always changing as new ones are created. And there will always be more next year, so I just title them Fractal Art ####. As a kid I gave up on naming clouds also. But I gave that up when I realized it was impractical.

TXmuseic
TXmuseic

That is lovely ☺ ☺ ☺ ❣ ❣ ❣

fkohler
fkohler

Actually most fractals have names. Those names reffer to the algoritm used. The first one (shown) is definitely generated with a "mandelbrot" algoritm. Just google mandelbrot. Another famous one is the Julia set.