I like to think of fractals as a visual representation of numbers.
These numbers, or equations, are constantly being fed back into
themselves. The fractal program will assign colours, according
to the amount of time it takes to work out whether each number
is part of the equation or whether it will be discarded.
Mathematicians will by now be aware that I am not one of their
number. If you are curious, there are many sites on the Internet
which explain these mysteries much better than I can. Try Spanky's
gallery for starters.
IS FRACTAL EXPLORER?
Fractal Explorer is a fractal creation program written
in Kiev, in the Ukraine. It is my favourite fractal program
because it is quite user-friendly, and is freeware. It contains
a range of filters which the user can apply, in order to create
a diversity of interesting effects. Find out more from the Fractal
Explorer homepage. The folks here frequently update the
program with new and helpful features.
When using Fractal Explorer,
I always create the fractal in a large format (I prefer to use
1920x1440) and then resize the fractal down with an image processing
program. This results in a nicely anti-aliased image (i.e.,
smooth lines, no jaggies). I prefer to use a 1.333:1 ratio,
because then the image sits well on a computer screen.
All of the images on these pages
are created by myself using Fractal Explorer, and are free for
A SPOT FILE?
Spot files are used by Fractal Explorer to document the parameters
of a fractal. If you have the program, you can download the
parameters of most of the images on this site. Click on the
Spot File link beneath the thumbnail, save the zip file and
unzip it onto your hard drive. Then you can view the fractal
by selecting Load Spot from the File menu. (Be sure to select
a 1.333:1 ratio for my Spot files!)
The classic fractal program is Fractint
(freeware). There are many other good fractal
programs on the Internet, including Fractal
Extreme (shareware), and Ultra
THE M.A.D. PAGE. My
personal website which contains quality images of Tasmanian
seashells, rustic historic huts, short meaningful poems and
many other interesting things.
This site contains free high-quality desktop wallpaper in a
range of sizes. Specialising in flowers, shells and leaves.
One of the sections is entirely devoted to fractal wallpapers.
TASPIX - Digital
photography from Tasmania, Australia, many with an unusual twist. Plus some pinhole photography.
THE OTHER SPACE.
Fractal Psychadelic Art from Argentina.
And, just to throw in a wild card, check out the Tasmanian Taiko
Drummers web site!
All fractals and spot files are free
for non-commercial use. Please ask
me if you wish to use any of my work for commercial use.