Back in September, I played around with the JWildFire Mini app. Well, I finished playing around some more.
Edited to add: new Disperser Tracks feature! Whenever I edit a post I’ll show the edits I made by crossing out the old words and color-coding the new words. Part of my commitment to transparency aimed at showing I’m not always perfect.
Each of the
The designs below was were all rendered in 12 to 15 minutes worth of computation (on the Samsung Note 8). In case anyone wants to try the app, be aware that it’s CPU intensive and the phone gets quite warm. That timeframe is about as long as I want to run the app and I let the phone cool between renderings.
Also, all of these photos were processed through various apps; Lightroom, Nik Collection, and Topaz Studio (and associated plugins).
None of these are very big, but they are worth clicking for a larger view.
Also, I’m not showing the originals because all of these are from the library of included designs; anyone truly interested can download the free app and render their own. The library has 100 designs.
I don’t know which of these designs (and associated processes) I like the best. They all have aspects to them that I find interesting.
Some of these have various iterations of painterly effects combined with AI Clear (Topaz studio) and Color Efex Pro (Nik Collection) and Lightroom (Adobe).
While the originals are fairly striking on their own right, my post-processing aim was to make them bolder and more striking. Plus, I think a frame helps bring out both the colors and the pattern (many won’t agree but c’est la vie).
While I’m making up my own names, each of these comes with a name. However, some of the names are pretty unimaginative; stuff like “pattern number 5” . . . I mean, it’s like they didn’t even try.
I mentioned before a fractals program I used to have that would map fractals you created onto a sphere. It was a great way to create fairly realistic planets complete with continents, oceans, mountains, and clouds.
Eventually, Microsoft Windows upgraded to a version that no longer supported the code.
. . . I do miss that program. I’ll have to dig up the photos I took of the screen (actual photos using a film camera; my Nikon N8008 took photos of the fractals on a CRT screen and they came out pretty well).
Gosh, I wish I could see those in person . . . while traveling in my own space yacht. If I had a space yacht, we’d be off exploring the Universe and then swing by every fifty or sixty thousand years to see what new Earth species fancied itself special. Of course, they wouldn’t call it “Earth” . . . it would probably be something like Galib, or whatever word they used for “dirt”.
Isn’t it interesting we think so highly of ourselves when, in fact, we’re mostly made of bacteria?
OK, I exaggerate . . . only about 2% of our body’s weight is composed of bacteria (I weigh 175 lb, so about 3.5 lb of bacteria) . . . frankly, I couldn’t live without it.
I’m amazed by how many movies call upon the use of salt water (or plain water) as the way to solve an alien attack. Apparently, aliens don’t like water.
Well, OK . . . only a few movies and they weren’t all that good. On the other hand, the waters of Mars are themselves deadly to humans. Or so Who would have you believe.
Anyway, we’ve come to the end of our short journey examining strange geometric patterns and what they might mean.
I’ll leave you with one last glimpse at the wonders of nature (real or fictional, we don’t care).
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