A Julia and a Mandelbrot fractal, produced from a rather boring photo that I originally wanted to delete (see left). Creating the fractal was easy with the freely available Paint.NET program – just go to the ‘Effects’ menu item, choose ‘Render’ and one of the two fractal modes and play around with the options. Nice transformation!
Unfortunately Paint.NET is not the tool to start an amazing fractal production studio that creates endlessly diverse beauty out of trash. The application clearly has its limitations, e.g. there are only two fractal rendering methods (Julia and Mandelbrot), the pre-editing work copies look pretty much alike (whatever the starting image looks like), and there are only four editing tools. I never looked into it, I am sure though there are quite sophisticated fractal rendering engines around that could make you the world’s best fractal creator; I think I’ll move on from here to other ways of playing around with photos.