Astronomy with a Fractalscope
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:
- Nonlinear functions are iterated instead of affine transforms.
- Log-density display instead of linear or binary (a form of tone mapping)
- Color by structure (i.e. by the recursive path taken) instead of monochrome or by density.
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)
This work by Alan Richmond (‘Mandrian’) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://fractalart.gallery/permissions/.