Forget Hubble – check out these amazing breath-taking pictures from the Fractal Space Microscope!

I made these pictures with JWildfire – a free and user-friendly image-processing software, mostly known for its sophisticated flame-fractal-generator.
It is Java-based, open-source and runs on any major computer-plattform. There is also a special Android-version for mobile devices.

Fractal flames are a member of the iterated function system class of fractals created by Scott Draves in 1992. Draves’ open-source code was later ported into Adobe After Effects graphics software and translated into theApophysis fractal flame editor.

Fractal flames differ from ordinary iterated function systems in three ways:

The tone mapping and coloring are designed to display as much of the detail of the fractal as possible, which generally results in a more aesthetically pleasing image. (wikipedia)


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