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Curious...

Curious...

Anybody else suddenly getting, for no obvious reason, many more page views than usual?  The last two days have seen 120-150 each day, whereas it's usually 15-30.  What's going on?

Inspiration Sta(gna)tion - what to do?

Inspiration Sta(gna)tion - what to do?

Maybe it's the time of year?  This time last year I went through a dry spell, and now I'm in another one.  Until today I hadn't uploaded a fractal piece since December.  Not sure when the next one will be either!  Maybe I'll go back to reading books!  :lol:

Inspiration Station - A Light to guide me...

Inspiration Station - A Light to guide me...

Yes, it's Light's turn!  Without Light I would have given up on Apo ages ago.  But she has been so patient and generous and helpful.  And she has a great chatroom.  And she's a wonderful GM/CV.  And she's a lovely person.  Oh, and apart from all that, she's an inspiration - just look at these (and most of the other 764968283476378589609984765 images in her gallery): :thumb96233802:   :thumb95703395: :thumb147923456:  :thumb148107811: :thumb131627290:  :thumb124554267: :thumb191158225:  :thumb243597343: :thumb239218678:  :thumb216858851: :thumb205418018:  :thumb202027307: Thanks for everything, Light!  We're very lucky to have you! :hu

Inspiration Station - Zueuk!

Inspiration Station - Zueuk!

If I were to make a very short list of those who are outstandingly good at Apo and whose works inspire me, Zueuk (https://www.deviantart.com/zueuk) would be on it!  His images jumped out at me when I joined dA over four years ago, and they have never ceased to amaze me.  Images like these...: :thumb21193855:  :thumb26714220: :thumb30961171:  :thumb31285539: :thumb33465686:  :thumb41228195: :thumb41376330:  :thumb42652703: :thumb45498858:  :thumb171111988: ..... and this stroke of Apo genius:  :thumb97072850:  ...oh no, wait...:confused: All brilliant stuff!  Go to his gallery and see for yourselves! :-)

Must go away more often...

Must go away more often...

... I was away in Europe until today and when two days ago I went online for the first time in a couple of weeks, I discovered that :thumb217550335: had won a DD.  I have only ever won DDs when I have been travelling!  Very nice also that the DD is for a Fractal Explorer piece!  Thanks and a big :hug: to `SuicideBySafetyPin (https://www.deviantart.com/suicidebysafetypin) - thanks also for all the :+fav:s, and I will be answering comments over the next few days... :-)

Inspiration

Inspiration

I haven't posted much this year so far at all.  One in January, three earlier today.  I check in here every day to see what people have posted, and pretty much every day I fire up Apo or FE - but then I just sit in front of my screen, uninspired and unable to concentrate.  What do you do when the muse is on vacation? :-)

Apophysis Gradients for Fractal Explorer

Apophysis Gradients for Fractal Explorer

Unless anyone else has already done this, I'm planning soon to post a pack of FE palettes converted from the complete set of original Apo gradients.  I'm halfway through the conversion process and just need to spend a couple of hours tomorrow on it.  I started doing this originally for myself, using ~IDeviant (https://www.deviantart.com/ideviant)'s truly wonderful palettemaster converter spreadsheet (available from this page: http://www.ultragnosis.com/padleywood/palette.html), and it totally reignited my enthusiasm for FE (and then I started to create my own Apo gradients from photos and converted those as well).  There's been some interest in these Apo-for-FE palettes from

What's dA up to now?

What's dA up to now?

1. The nice preview ribbon across the bottom of the screen in the devwatch between the forward and backward arrows disappeared a while ago. 2. It seems that my devwatch gets populated by images by people I don't watch, and they're not from groups I watch either. 3. It's all so SLOW now.... I suppose as you get older you get slower...

Black Lines...

Black Lines...

Hummmm.....  I just tried three times to upload something this morning, and each time dA saw fit to add a black line right across the image.  It's not on any of my originals and I have no idea why it's happening.  Anyone else out there had this happen? EDIT July 20 - well, I uploaded a different copy of the same image and I thought dA was behaving because it appeared without the black line.  But that was at 900x900 - when I increased the full size to 1024x1024 or 1200x1200 the black line reappeared.  So I went back down to 900x900 and the line disappeared again.  Very weird, and I will ask the helpdesk what they think it is... :confused:

DD for Backdrop - and thanks

DD for Backdrop - and thanks

This has been a very good day, for a number of reasons.  78degF, no humidity, nice and clear;  good day at work;  wonderful dinner at home with friends;  and also especially because :thumb159921259: was awarded a DD!  I am so happy about this - I love Apo, although I can't claim to understand it (:confused:) and have made one or two things with it that I am quite proud of, but Backdrop was made with the wonderful Fractal Explorer and I am thrilled that FE was recognised in this way. Lots of thanks - to `NatalieKelsey (https://www.deviantart.com/nataliekelsey) for featuring this as a DD, to :iconhallv5: for suggesting me for a DD, and to :iconbeesknees67: and :iconvibratum: who ge

IFDD

IFDD

I have to go away more often - I just got back from a trip to Europe where I had limited computer access, and during which I found out that Garrick :thumb159593748: had won an IFDD (http://imagersfractaldds.deviantart.com/journal/31709717/#comments) last week.  It's one of my own recent favourites and I'm really happy about the IFDD - so, many thanks to ~laurengary (https://www.deviantart.com/laurengary) and all at :iconimagersfractaldds:... :-)

10,000 - edited

10,000 - edited

...and the winner is: ~rvallync (https://www.deviantart.com/rvallync) - thanks, Bob, and congratulations! Go visit Bob's gallery: :thumb160032596: :thumb157912777: :thumb154854320: Now, on to the next 10,000 - see you in 2012! ;-) ---- Well, slowly but surely, the 10,000 pageviews moment is about to arrive.  I've been here for two years, playing around with various fractal software - Oxidizer for a long time (Mac user!), then Quadrium (Mac user!), then a few of Stephen Ferguson's programmes, then Apophysis (even though I still don't really understand it) and now Fractal Explorer.  I think FE is the one that I am likely to remain with.  But never say never... :lol: If
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