Regarding the images you’ll see here

About the images: I never liked to participate in any contests, challenges or anything like that in any fractal community I’ve ever been to. I almost never tweaked someone else’s image. I hate doing it in the same way I don’t like to have my images tweaked, which is why I don’t share my parameters and or never participate in these tweak challenges. After being a member of a few mailing lists, forums and groups/communities through the years, some for a little more time than the others, I found after a while that all these became a bit boring after some time (I find it very odd that a community in Facebook for example have 30K members but just about 10 images are posted every day, and always by the same people). They all suffer from problems which I won’t describe here and I left most of them because of the general behaviour of participants of these places – you are often tempted to make images like these that get more attention, even if these aren’t your favourites or your style. I joined these places mostly to learn new techniques, look for tutorials when the softwares are too complex to learn on our own, and maybe apply some of these tips to my own images if they are interesting to my “style”, and also to occasionally display my own creations, not to participate in competitions.

All images on my site were created by me from scratch – sometimes using tutorials as a starting point, which is something different than a “challenge”, which has a theme, or a tweak contest, but most of the time it’s just from scratch trying something randomly or repeating something I already liked previously. There are millions of images that look much more interesting than mine, for several reasons. But I try as much as I can to not be influenced by any of these and copy/repeat these styles and techniques, even the most basic one layer images with traditional Mandelbrot sets or very complex images using hundreds of layers, transparencies and other available effects. And, to do that, I need to stay away as much as possible from these groups and getting from them mostly the most significant things they (sometimes) have to offer: the instructional ones. I don’t consider myself a professional artist, I make fractals as a hobby. I don’t want a medal or a prize, If I ever was asked to have my work exhibited or used somewhere else, it was because people found my work – here – and liked it and contacted me. If you like my images as they are, thank you. One reason that made me give up and get really bored with fractals was when I was almost doing that, making images to get appraisals. This time is long gone, but I have to be careful, it’s tempting to be trapped in that stuff again.

Also, my images never have any kind of “classical” post-processing, except in a very few occasions (a slight sharpening, cropping, etc.) but these are minimal. This is quite controversial, some already consider any image already post-processed even if you just add a watermark, but that’s something for another discussion. My images will also never be AI-enhanced adding these kitsch effects (maybe if AI ever comes up with something useful and really helpful, that’s another story). I tried something using AI to a couple of my fractal animations (which will appear in another section of the site soon), but they are interesting for no longer than a couple views. They’re predictable, boring, and as I’ve said, certain types of AI don’t have any interference of the artist at all.

Ultrafractal galleries are finished!

This is probably the updating part that would take the longest, but it’s finally finished. 17 galleries with 20 images each. The funny part is that the last gallery, the 17th, has 17 images… kind of a fractal repetition issue?

The newly tweaked images done after 2022 will probably have their own galleries, or maybe the tweaks will be added next to their original images. There are many more images to be tweaked. I stopped updating them some time ago because it was becoming tiresome, repetitive and boring.

I’ll leave these Ultrafractal images behind for a while, and I’ll add something fresher to the site first. Some of these old images are from a very bad creative period where I was making images just for the sake of it (it’s explained in some post somewhere here), most of them don’t attract me anymore and probably will be replaced by others or just excluded.

The next step will probably be the JWildfire galleries, and maybe then a link to the fractal animations I did and posted on Youtube. Then the Mandelbulbs… but I’ll take a short break now.

Here we go! Lots of work to do…

The update has finally started. The basic setup for the page is almost finished, now it’s time to concentrate on the main content, the images. It will be a very slow process, there are too many images to edit (resize some, add watermarks to most, rename a few), many things to fix, many new sections to create, the menus for the page need to be organized, etc.

I have finished cleaning up my image archive and I kept just the images that I really like, maybe I deleted 30% of the old ones made with UltraFractal and Fractint, there’s no point in keeping these ugly ones, some are from a bad period as I will talk about later. In the Apophysis gallery there will be some ugly ones, but just as a reference of what was going on back then, that software was just a new discovery and the images were really simple until the new flame fractal softwares appeared with more resources. The first gallery is active as a test, for the Fractint images (better start with stuff from where it all started!). The galleries will have (probably) 12 images each, most images will have about the same dimensions and aspect ratios. The Ultrafractal galleries will have more images, or else there will be too many galleries. Old images are probably still in 4:3 format, new ones may be in 16:9, but there are some that don’t follow these formats. There will be individual pages for each gallery, that will appear in the “master” gallery page for the software used to create them, so maybe these galleries can be even enlarged as they go with extra images to avoid having hundreds of individual galleries (individual galleries also avoid a gallery having hundreds of images…).

I don’t really like the appearance and styles of the gallery plugin I’m using, but… we’ll see if I can customize it in some form. I prefer to have the images in thumbnail formats instead of slideshows or other fancy formats, this way it’s easier for the user to see what he wants to see directly instead of scrolling through a series of images. When you click a thumbnail a larger version of the image appears (duh!) but there is sort of a “camera roll” below the big image that is quite annoying and clumsy, I might try to remove that if possible. It also has links to share images to social media, which I really don’t want to have enabled at all.

Hello again? It’s been a while… but we’re back!

We’re back. We are reworking everything from scratch in Mundo Fractal. The site has moved from the expensive old hosting company (they were OK, but now it’s really expensive) and I decided to not use a backup. Some things may be broken here and there for a while. Images are coming soon, but first you buy the house then you add the furniture.

I might repost some of the old posts with informative texts and links to fractal stuff, if I can retrieve them. The previous version of the site had many broken and old links. I’m now using other fractal softwares and also attempting to make some animations, new kind of content is going to be posted. I’ll filter out the old content and won’t repost everything that was there. Some images seem uninteresting and meaningless to me now. The format used for the images are themed image galleries separated by the software used to create them. Occasional images might appear in individual posts. will still be active as well, I just need to set things up here first then I’ll play with it but basically it will be sort of a mirror of this one if possible.

This new form of editing in blocks isn’t very user-friendly but I’ll get used to it. Everything needs a fine tuning… The theme customization is mostly done. The galleries still needs something but that’s minimal.

I had been posting my images mostly on Facebook on a separate page just for the fractals, but that isn’t the best place for them to be. That page is long gone, so after that I started posting on some fractal groups but it’s not very motivating (I’m not there for the likes anyway but it’s frustrating – more on that later). I find it more useful to have a hosting plan to keep things stored safely (it functions similarly to using a cloud storage). All the images will be gone if somehow my Facebook account disappears. Here they can be slightly safer and most of all some other companies can’t claim they own that content, here it’s all mine forever.

The site will not ask visitors to subscribe or become members. There will be no interactive form of user engagement other than regular viewing of a website. No section of the site will need a subscription to be seen, no personal data will be collected, no password protected sections. There won’t be a store or anything like that. If any visitor wants to contact me (if asking permission to use an image, having questions about fractals, etc.), I’ll provide some form of link somewhere where you can reach me. To avoid excessive spam, posts will likely have comments disabled entirely.