November 2014 ChallengesHello all. First of all a little news for you if you have not learned of this already... the fractal community has a new Community Volunteer in the form of Silvia C-91 :iconc-91:
If you have any suggestions for activities, special features or artworks you feel deserve a Daily Deviation (Fractal galleries only) then do get in touch with her!
November 2014 Challenges
On to this month's business!... during the course of November we have a further two challenges for you to try your hand at. You may enter up to SIX images in total in any combination you wish to the two challenges (but no more than four to any one of the three subjects please).
Challenge 1: Grand Midget Hunt Challenge
For this challenge we would like you to try zooming into the Mandelbrot Set to find some Midgets (mini-Mandelbrot figures). To help you find and colour them I have written a special tutorial
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A few remarks about rendering UF fractals.This is for beginners or those who find that UF doesn't render sharp enough fractals.A few remarks about rendering UF fractals. by CopperColour
I'm not an expert with Ultra Fractal but I've learned a few things about rendering from advice I've received.
When I used Fractal Explorer I learned that the anti-aliasing tool just made my fractals blurry but no anti-aliasing gave jagged edges.
I was advised to render a very large size without anti-aliasing, for example at least 4000px per inch for the longest side, and to reduce it afterwards in an editing programme.
This mades the fractal smooth and reasonably clear.
So that is what I do now with my UF renders. If there are a lot of small details I render even bigger.
I render as .bmp for a good quality and reduce to 1600px and save as .jpeg which uploads quicker.
I'm told that .png is better.
I also set the resolution to 720. I don't know how far this affects the render.
I find that I lose details and clarity with any method so I use contrast and sharpening tools in post-work.