Lauren Heerschap  

Inside a Fractal by Lauren Heerschap

May 2022 - Inside a Fractal

About the Image(s)

This is a fun image taken in Palm Springs. Iso 1600, 12 mm, f8, 1/60 sec. At the Palm Springs Art Museum, I stuck my Olympus camera into a mirrored ball that was on exhibit, using the focus stacking setting, and got this photo. It took a little while to get positioned correctly, but it felt like I went down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. I cropped a bit in lightroom. I think my micro 4/3 camera did a great job with the “fractals”. I processed it in ON 1 to sharpen and pull up the color dynamics.

3 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, Wow! A really nifty art piece. The photography does indeed give the impression of multiple holes and great repeating reflections. My only change would be a slight desaturation of the bright greens in the upper corners to keep the viewer's eye down in the area of the 'holes'. I agree that superwide lenses or even fisheyes can make scenes like this more impressive than what we see with just our eyes. This piece could form the basis of a creative work by substituting other images for some of the plates as if they were windows to the outside. Great job! Karl   Posted: 05/11/2022 08:56:56

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
INCREDIBLE! Your camera position was wonderful. This image is indeed a rabbit hole. Each tile I observe grabs my attention and takes me deep inside it. Especially powerful is the "hole" bottom center. The 3_D effect is great. The image has a pleasing overall symmetry offset effectively by the asymmetry of that bottom center hole. AND the colors are grand. Do you have a picture of that ball from the outside? How large was it? Where was the hole you placed your camera in? FASCINATING fractals. The two decagons top L and R have stairways descending into the rabbit hole. They even get smaller the farther away they are. GREAT job!   Posted: 05/11/2022 19:06:03

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
What an amazing image! I agree with Judith that the "hole" adds another dimension-literally- and enables our eyes to focus on something very specific.
Did you take any other images of this!   Posted: 05/15/2022 19:29:19


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