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April 14, 2012
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Branched by ClaireJones Branched by ClaireJones
Pure Apophysis 7x

For me, the classic "leaf" is the Holy Grail of fractals. I have spent so much time and effort trying to pull this type off with zero success. I've studied the parameters of others and understand conceptually where to put the transforms, but I've never been happy with the results. I still haven't mastered the fractal leaf, merely stumbling onto the form by chance. I guard the parameters with my life!

I have such anxiety posting this piece, because I spent months trying to perfect it. I must have well over a hundred versions of this flame. At least. I had one version all ready to go, but still spent all yesterday tweaking the gradients (I count sixteen rendered gradient versions). I immediately stopped my tweaking after viewing this one in full view.

As a side note, I'm not sure if it's because the fractal is so dense, but I inadvertently rendered a 5400x3600 at 4000 density (quality) and it was suspiciously fine. Normally I render at over 40,000 for prints. I left the density at 4000 and upped the size to 9000x6000 and it only took about 5 hours. I was sure it would take me well over a day to render. :shrug: I'll have to try that with a couple of Julians I have. They are such a pain to render. (>~<)
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Given 2012-04-15
moonhigh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: Absolutely Beautiful! :faint:
aereol Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work and congrats on the DD.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Brilliant work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
bluefish3d Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just phenomenally, brilliantly, wonderfully stunning - wow!!!
kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally stunning image, dear Claire ~ it's wonderful and so evocative of natural greenery! Congratulations on your well-deserved DD! :deviation: :tighthug: Coco
MarielFoster Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You surely do deserve the DD for this image!
Elskovsmaskinen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Ive seen some cool fractals in my time, but this is one was special. I think you might be some parameters off, for that "perfect" nature look. But youre certainly on the way there. Well done.
feldrand Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
tadaaa - it was definitely worth the effort, haha - congrats to your most deserved DD... :D
Schaaka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Looks like a leaf made of leather. Kinda cool effect.
Rose13Red Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I have no understanding of what you just said--all I know is--it's BEAUTIFUL. It reminds me very much of the botanical studies of the 19th cen and I would most certainly buy it as a print to hang in my house, if I had one. It turned out splendidly and you should be proud of your work, Cheers!
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