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C.A.T arriving at Vavatch Orbital by MarkJayBee C.A.T arriving at Vavatch Orbital by MarkJayBee
Mandelbulb 3D v1.8.2 [link]

DEcombinate in min mode using: HeightMapIFS/SphereHeightMapIFS/CylinderHeightMapIFS/TorusIFS

Not strictly a 'pure' fractal - all dIFS - but it was the only way to get the outcome I was looking for.
Two layers in PS, so it's a manip too!

Continuing my attempts to fractally portray scenes from Iain M. Banks's 'Culture' novels,
this is an imagining of the ship 'Clear Air Turbulence' landing at the Vavatch 'Orbital';
an immense toroidal structure landscaped on its inner surface.
Taken from his superb novel 'Consider Phlebas'.
Rumour has it that a movie treatment is in preparation! Boy, would I love to work on that one!! :eager:

Fullview please....:nod:
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sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awe-inspiring stuff, MJB! Just remember, your gravity belt won't work here! And a film, you say? Exciting!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :laughing:  :D Yeah, there was a rumour of a treatment being in preparation, but nothing further alas....:shrug:
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sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess there's a bright side. Can you imagine what a mess the movie industry would make of Banks' work?
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
So then, this Vatatch Orbital is a Ring Around The World..?
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nope, it's actually a free floating ring about 3 million miles in diameter, and in orbit around its sun! :nod:
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
OOOHH!
A Dyson *Ring*!
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blueb0g Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
In essence, yes. At least that's what the original Ring, Larry Niven's ring in his 1970 book Ringworld was - a dyson sphere but with most of the sphere left out, leaving only a ring. This removes the need for artificial gravity - you can spin a ring to provide gravity, you can't do the same with a sphere... This is often known as a 'Niven Ring' or just a 'Ringworld'. In Ian M Bank's novels though, the Orbitals are based on Niven Rings but are far smaller and do not encircle a star, like a Niven Ring or a Dyson Sphere would. Instead, they maintain an essentially planetary orbit of a star. Gravity is still provided by spinning, however. 
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG... this is Amazing :wow:
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks Sergio - glad you like it! :D
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YuryKyssa Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes!Cool!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers Yury! :D
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timemit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Featured here [link] If you don't want your work featured please let me know
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks again Tim! ;)
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cryhavoc101 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
PS another great pic - good job
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks - again! ;)
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cryhavoc101 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
My favorite book of all time - A film you say?

That would be an epic job - surely to much for a mere film?
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D Well, there was some mention made here: [link] but I may have been a little over-optimistic!
Looks like it could be 'A gift from the Culture' from 'The state of the Art'.:blush:
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SunnyKatharina Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Coool!!!! :)
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers buddy!:thumbsup:
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome bud!! :)
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aRTWORKbYgnbARNES Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks GNB! :D
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GrahamSym Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Very nice work :)
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers Graham! :thumbsup::D
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Godino Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The best mandelbulb3D creations,amazing !
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks Alain, much appreciated! :bow:
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sed Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Good job! :icontxrabbit:
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers Sed! :D
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Artist
Yu no fractal? Still awe! :D ;) :la: Mark!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well hello stranger! :wave: ;) Hope you've been ok? We were all getting
kinda worried for a while there, as you seemed to disappear! :worry:
Actually, this was mostly made using your formulas Luca; with the
exception of 'CylinderHeightMapIFS', which Jesse very kindly wrote in
response to my query on your page. [link]
Good to hear from you again buddy! ;)
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Artist
:aww: I have seen! I am taking a break from fractals. Edventually, eternal break. :D
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Woah, seems a bit pessimistic Luca? :O_o: Hope to see you creating
your excellent formulas again in the not too distant future mate! :nod:
All the best! :thanks:
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Artist
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Voleuro Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Epic. Like it. :D
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you do! :D
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heatstroke99 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers HS99! :D
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Coolok Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
awesome idea !
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I thought ships docked on the 'underside' of the orbital. All the same, very impressive. This [link] is my attempt at an impression of one of the great 'set piece' scenes in Consider Phlebas that very fan will be avidly looking forward to see in the forthcoming film. It's good to sdee another Banks fan who can actually do justice to his wide screen space opoera style of SF. I work on a smaller scale without any fractal generators or special rendering programs. This is my latest 'Culture' deviation [link] .
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
A wee bit of artistic license on my part here aegiandyad; but I did
stick to the 'rules' a little more with my earlier piece 'Consider Phlebas'
here: [link] :nod:
Your interpretations are definitely on the abstract side, but cool
images nonetheless! :thumbsup:
Glad you like this one! :D
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Capstoned Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
WOW Looks ready for the big screen to me!!!!!!!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheersd Joe - if only.....:nod:
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Capstoned Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
You know I recently did an anim of a decomb where I moved a sphere around in the scene's structure... I wonder if this technique could be used to move your ship out of(or into)its bay? In the orig not the PS manip...
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm quite sure that would be possible Joe - though a little tedious!
The dIFS 'objects' can be moved around quite accurately using the XYZ offset
formula controls in the right Nav panel.:nod:
I'd love to see what you come up with if you decide to give it a go!! :eager:
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Capstoned Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes I would like to try, usually need to knock down(or increase stepwith lim and rayst mult )to shorten render time so would experiment with how much image is degraded to see if its worth a long render... if you want you can e-mail me the params @ joeyg007@yahoo.com or here at DA. Thanks :)
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Brilliant! ;)
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