Underwater photography brings a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious world of silence. For a moment you are allowed to float in zero gravity in the charming, but also a harsh environment where each of its residents is waiting for prey. If the wonderful underwater world still does not fully satisfy your photographic ambitions, dream away and bring the Silent World into another dimensions by artistic processing your underwater images by photo editing software. Most of my “Underwater Art” photos (either photo collages or fractals) originated in times of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020 – 2021) when I was not allowed to travel for diving. You can find more on this subject in my article published in the scuba diving magazine “Unterwasser” das Tauchmagazin -10/2019 (German) or in my recently published book “The Silent World through the Lens of Underwater Art Photography“:
Computer graphics can be used to replace unimpressive backgrounds surrounding marine critters by more „colorful“ ones.
How to make beautiful art from underwater images using Fractalius filter
Fractal images represent a new art form to explore the underwater world from computer. Fractal (meaning “broken” in Latin) is a geometrical shape that divides into parts, where each of them appears as a smaller copy of the whole, obviously a process that can continue to infinity. Fractals are of a considerable complexity, but they can found all over the place in nature – such as in certain corals, sponges, octopus tentacles, flowers, and even in spiral galaxies.
There are many ways to create fractals, most of them involve complex mathematical formulas and fractal software programs. The easiest way of “simulating fractals” is using the “Fractalius filter” created by Redfield. Have fun with it – I have.