Fun with Mirrors

After three hundred and something postings, one has a tendency to repeat oneself. Or, euphemistically speaking, revisit previous themes. I must have said something about this. Symmetry, maybe.

Here are two sets of images, made in Sterlingware, and anti-aliased 2 or 3:1, although I'm finding that anti-aliasing doesn't always make for a better image. I used Alfredo Mateus' photoshop filter, Mirror Mirror (1996) to apply a very simple mirrored effect that often has a very complex results.

The filter divides the image into four quadrants (isn't that what quadrant means?) and allows you to position each quadrant in four different ways. So, I'm assuming you can rotate each square into any of it's four possible positions. Actually, that's not quite right, because sometimes I can put the top piece on the bottom, so it doesn't quite work that way. It doesn't matter, because if you try it out you'll soon see how it works.

It produces a mirrored effect. No surprise there. But with fractals, this has a very natural look because fractals often have symmetry and often have repeated elements. On the other hand, maybe any type of imagery works well with this mirrored effect.

I'm rediscovering the graphical power of Sterlingware. As I've often said, although it's "getting old" (1997) it's not the kind of program that loses it usefulness like a word processor or web browser or graphics program might. Sterlingware produces a wide range of fractals and has enough really good rendering options to support maintain one's creativity for a long time.

Combine that with some graphical effects like Alfredo's Mirror Mirror, or Flaming Pear's India Ink, and the possibilities are quite great. I've been using Sterlingware for 6 years now and I'm still finding new things to do with it. I think it's because Sterlingware has so many creative ways to modify (and I mean easily modify) the 55 formulas that it's "limited" to. There are in fact, no limitations with such fractal programs. It's just like an old violin.

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