Top 10 placement 5/21/11 in the Portals, Portals, Portals Challenge in Flame Apophysis

alternate title: Portals-Table for Four?

Created in Apophysis 7x v14 following this tutorial in the Apophysis Tutorial Fun group. Rendered as a .png file, then blended with duplicate layers and a partial abstract gradient background, color adjusted and sharpened in GIMP v2.6 with added supernovae and lens effect, then saved in .jpg format, finally scaled up in UF with Squarry Koch Curve Mapping transform. One of a series of images generated with the instructions in this tutorial called Portals by dA’s SaTaNiA (Damien G.), with nine transforms. Best if viewed larger.

This Was A Triumph
I’m Making A Note Here:
It’s hard to overstate
my satisfaction.
Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.

But there’s no sense crying
over every mistake.
You just keep on trying
till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are
Still Alive

I’m not even angry.
I’m being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta.
We’re releasing on time.
So I’m GLAD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are
still alive.

Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe you’ll find someone else
to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa. . .
Anyway. this cake is great.
It’s so delicious and moist.
Look at me still talking
When Theres Science to do.
When I look out there,
it makes me GLAD I’m not you.
I’ve experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are
still alive.

And believe me I am still alive.

I’m doing Science and I’m still alive.

I feel FANTASTIC and I’m still alive.

While you’re dying I’ll be still alive.

And when you’re dead I will be still alive.


Celebrating the milestones of 800,000 Views (1/9/15), 1300 Features (11/30/14) and prizes in the 2012 – 2014 CHANL Scientific Art Competitions. A Featured Member of Apophysis Tutorial Fun Group, Bryce and Beyond, Brain Science, Brain Arts, Digital Art at its Best and Artists Universe groups as a digital/fractal artist using Apophysis, Fractal Science Kit, Ultra Fractal, GIMP and Mandelbulb3D.

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  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    Awesome, very beautiful work David!

  • Thank you very much, Thea! So glad that you made it one of your favorites, as I hope it can do well in the challenge for which it was created. :o)))

    – barrowda

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Wow! This is gorgeous! Splendid work.

  • Thank you, Bunny! The challenge inspired me to try some new things, including a UF transform called Squarry Koch Curve Mapping. I plan to post the intermediate variations of this one later, including one that went even one step further, but I feared wouldn’t make as good a thumbnail since it involves four smaller versions of the basic fractal image. Always fun learning new techniques, eh? Best, D

    – barrowda

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 3 years ago

    WOW so very cool. Lots to see and awesome designs. Great work David..

  • Thanks very much for the fave and great comment, BobbyJo!

    – barrowda

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosover 3 years ago

    gorgeous David…love the detail and the light…. :)

  • Thanks, Pam!! G’Day, D

    – barrowda

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    fabulous David, wonderful image :-)

  • Thank you so much, Jacqui!! Hope things have calmed down a bit with the museum so that you can dive into this next tut full force:o))) I’ll be on holiday for two weeks beginning Wednesday touring the western U.S.; don’t know how often I’ll be able to connect to RB during that time…could be tough to go so long without it, just looking at beautiful mountains and scenery LOL…

    – barrowda

  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssover 3 years ago

    Bright and beautiful work, David, congrats on your Top Ten placement in the Challenge. ;o)

  • Thanks, Claudia!! Wish it could have gotten more than 1 vote, though :o)))

    – barrowda

  • plunder
    plunderover 3 years ago


  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssover 3 years ago

    Only 1 vote? The problem is that people don’t go to the vote…. The winner had only 5 votes…. See you in ATF and enjoy your holidays! ;o)

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