Underwater Art Photography

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 world of silence into another dimensions by combining underwater photography with computer graphics (Underwater Photo collages or Fractals). More on this subject in an article by Michal Štros and Jiří Štros 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 an unimpressive background surrounding the mantis shrimp (sandy seabed) with a more „colorful“ one (Mantis shrimp in Lembeh Strait)

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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.

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