2D and 3D imagery by a fractal fanatic




Hello Everyone, welcome to FRACTURED FRACTALS. But first, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Krystal although for about 8 years now I have used the pseudonym Wild Wandering Girl online. And for good reason: I am an active photographer, I walk and hike when possible and I also have a large garden with many photo opps. My most successful venture has been Under the Sun and Under the Moon (right here at good old WP of course) which at one time was an HTML site at various locations, all of which were destroyed by DDOS attacks, etc. Just not meant to be, I guess. In 2005 when WordPress was new (remember the old “egg yolk” theme?) a friend advised me to try it. I didn’t understand the concept at all, and so I gave up and went back to my struggles with HTML. Mind you this was before I had ever heard of CSS, so you can imagine what a clunky “late 90s” site I administered in those days. Eventually I decided to give WordPress another go, and learned the basics of using the free software on those free webhosting sites. BIG MISTAKE, my advice is don’t EVER go there, regardless of how tempting they might sound. I have always been a “hunch” person whose “gut feeling” is accurate most of the time. Something told me to keep a backup site on WordPress dot com in case of another takedown while I used the dot Org software. Sure enough it happened again, but I was ready and it was not difficult to make the final switch over to dot Com where I have remained ever since…and wished I had been wise enough to stick with it in 2005. At dot Com there is no real need to learn CSS, you can get along fine without that education which I never had.

And so now I have two blogs…one for photography, the other for my much more recent foray into abstract art. At one time I did have a separate fractals site on a second account ( I thought I should use a completely different Admin name ) but it received very little attention, probably because the work was not very good! I closed that and tried keeping my abstracts at USUM, where they also gained very scant notice. I think due to the general style of that site–almost all nature photography–visitors expect to see flowers and trees and waterfalls rather than my amateurish fractal efforts. 😳 So now, at last, I have reopened an updated version of FRACTURED FRACTALS here on this account, it just makes things easier for the Admin. At present this is very basic, needs a lot of work, but eventually will, I trust, become the more polished success that my older site is πŸ˜‰

I must confess, I formerly gave no real thought to abstract art, I never cared much for it, didn’t understand it and knew even less about how to create it. In real life I used to be a painter, till my wonky eyes gave out and arthritis demanded I do something a little less taxing… I would go to art shows of mostly abstract art and it only gave me a headache! I would try to “see” the concept but my mind just would not go beyond “where are the trees and flowers and animals?” Finally, a few years ago I began to notice the beautiful online fractals produced with free software, and decided to try it for myself. I have used several free programs, Fractal Explorer being my absolute favorite, but my productions were not worth showing, until the supremely talented Hal Tenny also got interested in Fractal Explorer and gave me some valuable tips and advice. Since then, my work has been improving, and it was also a pleasure to discover that there are many people who still use and enjoy Fractal Explorer, creating wonderful works far better than my humble attempts…

Over the last 2 years or so I have also dabbled in Mandelbulb 3D and got serious about it during the winter of 2012-13, although RL responsibilities keep me from delving into it farther at this time… Bryce and Incendia are also fantastic programs which I have installed on my computer, but again, leisure time is at a premium at the present, and so these are other adventures that await me in future days… ASAP I will be posting my 3D efforts here. Good things do come to those who exercise patience; and that goes for me as well as my visitors πŸ˜‰

Right, enough blathering about me…and I am not one of those people who really gets a kick out of yammering on and on about themselves; that is one reason I don’t have much use for Facebook or Twitter… This page will be updated and revised frequently, currently I’m just telling a few things about myself that make this site more “personal,” there is a real human being out here administering…lol

A final word (I promise!) about file loading here, most of my images (which are best viewed at full size, please) are optimized JPGs which have quality equal to PNG files but are a lot lighter size files! Only problem with optimized JPGs is they look blocky and pixelated at first, when the file loads, but after maybe 10 seconds they clear and look fine…just so you know.


4 responses

  1. Hello. Just to say that you have a new follower here! I ADORE fractals, and made loads using Fractal Domains when I had my old Mac OSX. They were 2D but oh the pretty colours! Anyway, I went over to the “Dark Side” with this Windows Laptop, and found Bryce 3D (yes, you love Bryce too I see!) I have yet to try 3D Fractals – too busy scribbling right now, ha! But yours are so lovely, I’m desperate to try. There’s another Fractal blogger on here…erm…Revolt A State of Zen its called. (not sure if its a guy or girl) but they do nice fractals too.
    Gosh I do go on a bit….haha! Its just so nice to find people with common interests. Makes me happy! πŸ˜€

    March 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    • Hello again and Thank You for following and the kind words…

      Fractal Domains, I had not heard of that one, but then I have never had a Mac. I think the oldest Fractal program I have tried was FracTint, it was OK but very very slow! Even this old XP of mine has more pep than what FT was designed for. I see that you have your first (??) Bryce image on your blog, I made a few but it’s been giving me a lot of trouble working out how to do the lighting and such. I don’t have anything near as nice as yours, yet. I have Bryce Pro on my laptop and also purchased Ultra Fractal, but I’m well and truly lost on that one for sure! I thought it would be as easy as Fractal Explorer, but I think it’s the layers and all the other new terminology that has me lost… Lately I’ve been trying to improve my skillz with Mandelbulb 3D, a free program that leans more toward abstract shapes although you can produce 3d fractals with it… And yes, “ZEN” is a gal!! At first I didn’t know whether she was a he or he was a she, either, LOL, but that was over a year ago and we are buds now…

      And yes, I do go on at length too, but if I do, it’s because I have something important to say… That is why it would not be a good idea for me to text on a smartphone (if I had one, which i don’t), I can’t keep my statements short enough πŸ˜€

      March 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      • I’m delighted that you go on at length! Your comments are a great read with my morning coffee πŸ˜€ I did have a look at Mandelbaub 3D and read the forums. Then I decided to leave it to the experts, haha! Bryce lighting is a bit hit or miss for me too right now. I tend to fiddle around with the yellow light icons along the top, and mess with the camera trackball until I get a POV that I like, Probably doing it such a disservice, but hey, I have fun so who cares! And as for texting, yes…I go on a long story there too – with properly spelled out words, none of this “txt spk”, haha!

        March 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

      • Well, that’s good to know, I do tend to be a chatty Cathy since I am at a PC keyboard, the best place to type, and I’m a very good typist πŸ˜‰ and so I just “let my fingers do the walking”…lol… Occasionally you might see something that resembles L33t$p3@K if my fingers get tangled up…hehe…but I cannot understand how people can type with their thumbs…AND while driving *shudder*

        I was struggling with the Bryce “beginner” tuts which seem so far above my tiny brain’s capabilities that IMO they are more advanced than newbie tuts ought to be…even tho’ I enjoy Mr Brinnen’s Aussie accent (being an American myself). I think I would have to take night classes in order to really get a grip on Bryce. My mind visualizes what I want to achieve and yet I don’t know how to achieve it…arrgh. Zen advised me to use the positional lights, but I think the surfaces of rocks and other rugged landscape materials are maybe too much of a challenge for the positional lights… Mr Brinnen’s lighting tut featured objects with smooth surfaces that reflected nicely. Once my laptop is “back from the shop” I will delve into it again, though…

        March 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s