Dance of the Microbe

I'm fascinated with these mini-sputniks. They also have some strange technical characteristics.

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For instance: they look good with color numbers 1-12 which is unusual as most Sterlingware images only work well with 13-26, which generally have few saturated colors. As a result there's a greater range of color options for these orbit-counting creatures.

Also, the formulas produce clusters and even isolated, structures making it possible to find images, like the one here, that look like portraits. My images are usually "fractal-scapes," featuring part of a huge fractal object. The image here looks like a few plankton floating in seawater.

Another peculiar thing is that the orbit-counting images look fine with no anti-aliasing. Curved shapes in particular benefit from the smoothing effects of anti-aliasing, yet the orbit-counting images, like the one above, abound in curves and look fine with no anti-aliasing. This one doesn't have any anti-aliasing at all (options are: 2:1, 3:1, 4:1) although, the tips of the tendrils might have looked less broken had I applied it.

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's always something new waiting up there in fractal land, for those who are willing to climb the beanstalk. I don't think we'll ever see them all.


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