Rainy-day pattern making


It’s too wet and cold to go out today, so I’ve been amusing myself with some photo-editing toys to create kaleidoscopic and fractal patterns.

I love the simplicity of kaleidoscopes, using mirrors to create a seemingly infinite number of possible patterns from whatever objects are placed inside them.

I’m not even going to try and understand the maths that replicates those mirrors in software, nor that which creates fractals.

According to Wikipedia, in mathematics, a fractal is a subset of a Euclidean space for which the Hausdorff dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension.

Luckily, the Fractal Foundation has a definition for the more mathematically challenged:

A fractal is a never-ending pattern … They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | patterns

39 thoughts on “Rainy-day pattern making

  1. Oh my goodness,Su these are wonderful!!! What are the specific photo editing toys you are using? And interesting you mentioned that it was too wet and cold to go out – my post that goes up in 25 minutes talks about going out in the wet with the dogs and taking photos. But for us it’s well into SPRING in California for goodnesses sake. It shouldn’t be raining But it is, so……. Eventually it will stop. I hope!

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  2. These remind me of the photograph of my cousin Milton Goldsmith that was apparently done with a folding mirror back almost a hundred years ago before digital editing tools! They’re beautiful, Su.

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    • Ooh. Now you’ve got me interested in non-digital kaleidoscopic photography. I can just about imagine how it’s done, but I have to find out more.😀
      This is why it takes me so long to do any family history posts — I’m so easily distracted.

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      • But these are fun distractions! Take a look at the post I did a week ago about Milton Goldsmith’s Family Album. I got lots of comments on Facebook about this type of photograph and several other examples.


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