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Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux! Vol. 42

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 1, 2014, 3:43 AM
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:bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletwhite: IMPORTANT NOTICE :bulletwhite: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue:

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll this month! For those of you who missed it, it was a poll about whether or not my fractal challenges should have their own group.

For the time being, I have decided to NOT create one, even though the majority of the votes was "Yes". Why? Because we still had "only" 19 votes for Yes, and I honestly don't want to make another group for 19 people. It feels like it would be... redundant.
However, this doesn't mean I've given up on the group idea altogether! If the challenges grow, and more and more participants come, I will certainly poll again and who knows, maybe next time the outcome will be different. For the time being, though, we'll just keep on trucking the same way we always have.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, your vote is important to me (no matter what you vote for)! I hope this decision does not meet with anyone's discontent and that you can understand my reasons.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled challenge...


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What are these UF challenges?
How do challenges work and how can I participate?
Can I help promoting the challenges in some way?
What if I have an idea for a future challenge?

You can find all this information and more in the Ultra Fractal challenges FAQ, which is also part of our very first UF challenge, the one for February 2011.
If you already know the rules, then you're good to go - read on for this month's challenge!



Previous editions:

You can find all of the previous challenges in this journal. Please keep in mind that the challenge rules changed after the 26th edition!

Links to ALL UF challenges (updated periodically!)Since the UF challenges are growing in number, instead of linking them all in each new one, I thought I'd make a collection journal for all of them. This will contain all challenges held so far, from the newest (top) to the oldest (bottom), all conveniently thumbed for you! It will also be updated each month so that ALL challenges are reachable from here, even the newer ones. And this journal will of course be linked in every challenge, to keep them all connected :aww:
Here we go!










Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 37 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux ~ Vol. 36 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 35 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 34 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 33 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 32 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 31 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 30 by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal monthly Challenges Redux - Vol. 29 by heavenriver


Now we can go on with the last challenge's results, and then I will introduce this month's challenge to you all.

Here is the June 2014 challenge, and the deviations I've picked as the winners!
(Please note: do not feel offended if your fractals haven't been picked. Winners are chosen basing on their way of representing the challenge theme, and I always try to be as impartial as possible while judging.)


The winner of the Formula challenge is miincdesign with Trail Leading Nowhere:

Trail Leading Nowhere ~ Parameters by miincdesign

A wonderful exploitation of the tesselations, which gives a very detailed fractal - one could easily get lost watching the tiny, never-ending shapes that iterate themselves at infinitely smaller scales.


The winner of the Theme challenge is Gerda1946 with Galaxy:

Jun14 - Galaxy by Gerda1946

Both colours and shapes are beyond stunning! The overall effect of this artwork is that of carrying the viewer into a far out open space, with thousands of stars in between.


The winner of the Style challenge is zisgul with Silver and Gold:

Silver and Gold by zisgul

The simplicity of the background makes the metallic glows stand out a lot, focusing the attention on the central part of the fractal, with the bigger gems. This fractal looks like it was forged by a goldsmith himself!


The winner of the Other challenge is jim373 with Cold as Ice:

Cold As Ice by jim373

Blue and purple are definitely a winning pair, and this fractal really shows it! It emanates a feeling of coldness and seems like crystalline, full of gems and frozen butterflies flapping their wings.


All other entrants deserve a feature just the same, so here they are for you to see!

Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 2 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Semi-Regular Tessalation 3 by Gerda1946 Equilateral Triangle Spirilated by Ampelosa color trace by innac Brass Work by zisgul Jun14 Metal1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Metal2 by Gerda1946 Black Gold by jim373 Blue, Blue by zisgul Jun14 Dyed in Blue 1 by Gerda1946 Jun14 Dyed in Blue 2 by Gerda1946 Fragment from Vicina by Ampelosa


We're done for June. On to July!




Ultra Fractal monthly challenges Redux



Challenge #42: July 2014



July's Formula challenge will be the Power to the Pixels challenge!
All fractals entering this challenge must use a Pixel formula on ALL layers, as the fractal formula. Any colouring algorithm is allowed. Examples of allowed formulas are: Pixel in mt.ufm, Pixel (jp) in jp.ufm, the many Pixel variants in sss2.ufm, and so on. Anything with Pixel in its name is viable.

July's Theme challenge will be the The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything challenge!
In honour of our 42nd challenge, the Theme entrants this month will have to represent what they feel is the meaning of life through a fractal. It can be anything, from finding happiness to a warm cup of coffee - it's the ability to successfully represent what you have in mind that counts! That being said, creative meanings of life will also be welcome with open arms.

July's Style challenge will be the Still Life challenge!
This challenge is about representing any still life picture with fractals. It can be anything from inanimated objects to fruits, souvenirs, books, and so on. There is no limit to your imagination, so long as you make it figurative enough for it to be recognisable as a still life picture.

July's Other challenge will be the Negative Values challenge!
For this challenge, you are only allowed negative values of numeric parameters in each fractal formula and colouring algorithm. E.g. if you have a dropdown function that lets you chooose between sin, cos, tan, and other mathematical functions like that, you can select whichever you choose; however, if you are tweaking the "sin amplitude" parameter, which is a real number, you can only use values below zero!



Remember: to enter each challenge, post your deviation's link and thumb in a comment of this journal, and specify which challenge you are entering the fractal in. ALSO: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LINK THIS NEWS ARTICLE IN THE DEVIATION!

Please spread the word by advertising this news article - we definitely want more participants. The more, the merrier!

This challenge's deadline is July 31st, 2014. Ready, set, GO!!! :eager:

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Edition 42 of the monthly UF challenges with more juicy fractal quests for all viewers! I hope this first summer update finds you all well!
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014
Here's my entry to the Pixel challenge (formula challenge)

Powerful Pixels ~ parameters by miincdesign

Here's my entry to the Other challenge (negative)

Negative Energy ~ Parameters by miincdesign
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added both, thanks :aww:
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Welcome!
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Digital Artist
Submitting my entry for Negative value challenge: fav.me/d7t1zeg
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is fine :D Thanks!
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Digital Artist
hi Heavenriver, I m submitting my entry fav.me/d7t1rh5 for Still Life challenge.
Earlier I was considering this entry for Negative value challenge but I saw some figure in negatives in dropdown functions  not giving the result as I want .So I decided to submit under this category And as I said in my previous submissions , final decision is yours .
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will never reject an entry, unless it doesn't comply with the rules, but the problem is... this isn't a fractal :XD:
You have linked me to the parameters. I need the *picture* for the challenge. Can you render it and upload it please? You can enter after you do that :nod:
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Digital Artist
ohoooooo.........I gave you link of parameters instead of picture =P (Razz) Its link is  :City Skyline At Night
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That works! Thanks :nod:
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Here is my submission for the Answer to Life challenge

The Flow of Life ~ Wallpapers by miincdesign
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting concept! Thanks for the entry :nod:
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roup14 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi Heavenriver, whole month I was trying to make something good for July's theme challenge The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything challenge , but there was no idea coz this was little tough . And then suddenly I thought that life is nothing but Journey of soul  . I think my work represent this but final decision is yours . So I m submitting my entry for this challenge  fav.me/d7sxkuo

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heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything is accepted, so long as an explanation is given - and I quite like yours! Thank you for entering, and I hope you enjoyed thinking about it :hug:
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Digital Artist
It was totally new experience for me to think something about life through fractalart creation and yeah I am enjoying these challenges a lot :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconinnac:
innac Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
2 pixels!
innac.deviantart.com/art/hot-p…; :thumb471641667:
innac.deviantart.com/art/Pixel…; :thumb471642226:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both entered, thanks :nod:
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 pixel ones!!

Jul14 - Power to Pixel Love by Gerda1946  Jul14 - Power to the Pixels by Gerda1946
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both entered, thanks! :nod:
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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:iconblipbl0p:
blipbl0p Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got another one for the Power to the Pixels Challenge, please. :D fav.me/d7p0080
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! I'll count you in then :nod:
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:iconampelosa:
Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the Still Life Section:   fav.me/d7reqz5
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks :aww:
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Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gerda,  I too will miss your creative, beautiful, and highly-skilled fractals.  On the other hand, I'm sending wished that you enjoy your family and have lots of quality time together.  I did that last month, during a really enjoyable family re-union. 

chatter 
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got the message :D
And we had a beautiful time together!! Now starting to find my "normal" life again lol.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(You should reply to her message, because she might not see this if you just comment. Or leave a comment on her profile, that works too! :nod:)
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Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm entering fav.me/d7qplry in the negative values challenge.  I really did enter a negative number in each number field, but when I looked over my params, I saw only + signs.  If this fractal does not meet the standards, I'll remove it.
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It probably means it would only accept absolute values, in which case it can pass. The important thing is that you use negative numbers wherever possible :nod:
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:iconmiincdesign:
miincdesign Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Then I might have another go at this challenge, I had a hard time with the bailout numbers, they kept moving back to a positive number.  I do have one to enter, but I think I could find something more interesting.
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:icongeorge13:
George13 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Here's my entry for "power to the pixles":
fav.me/d7qnwam
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute composition :D Thanks for the entry!
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have family over so I don't think there will come something from me!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, it's a shame since I like seeing your works, but don't worry! Family comes first, and it's summertime, so take it easy :nod: Have plenty of fun with them!
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Gerda1946 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, and... you never know lol
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zisgul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Good evening,
Two entries for the "Power to the Pixels"

Dweomer by zisgul   Rhannau by zisgul

Greetingss from Ziska
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for both, they're in :aww:
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Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Midnight Fire at Sea by Ampelosa  For the
July's Theme challenge will be the The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything challenge!
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heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Entered both fractals, thanks again!
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Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gift for a Baby Boy by Ampelosa  My entry for the Negative Values Challenge.  I've never before made a fractal with all negative values in the numbers part of the formula.  Well, now I know it can be done.
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi, this is my entry for Power to the Pixels challenge  Pixel Lotus  .
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added, thanks :D
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:iconampelosa:
Ampelosa Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erratic Galvanization by Ampelosa

I made this fractal in Ultra Fractal for the 42nd Ultra Fractal Monthly Challenge, found here:
heavenriver.deviantart.com/jou…
This particular fractal is for the Power to the Pixels challenge!  I only THINK I did this right.  I made one layer with a Pixel formula, then copied it, made a brand new fractal with a Pixel Formula and pasted the first, then copied the third, made yet a new fractal with a Pixel formula, and pasted the others, combining all with transparencies, selecting a good-looking portion, zooming in, and then rendering it.  Please, if this is NOT how you wanted Pixel Fractals to be made, then just say, "Ahem.  This is not what we mean by 'Use a pixel formula on all layers'.  Please to remove it at once!"  Then I shall do so, retreating ignominiously but resignedly.  The thing is, I couldn't find any pixel formulas in the Outside, Inside, or Mapping areas, so I HAD TO do it this way.

Protective bubble run 
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nevermind, I found the parameters in your deviation and checked the fractal. It's legal, so you can enter it :nod:
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a bit confused by your description ^^;
But if you used Pixel on all layers, no matter what kind of Pixel it was (it can be the same Pixel for all or different Pixel formulas, too), that's fine of course!
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noelle811 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, this is my entry for Power to the pixels challenge fav.me/d7pory3  
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heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, entered :D
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:iconblipbl0p:
blipbl0p Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to enter this one for the Power to the Pixels challenge, please!

blipbl0p.deviantart.com/art/14…
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, you can enter it :nod: However, you will need to link my challenge in your deviation description in order to do so. Don't worry if you want to change your entry later, all you need to do is tell me and link the challenge in your new preferred entry. (That, and you can enter up to 3 for the Pixels alone, and another maximum of 3 in each of the monthly challenges)
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:iconblipbl0p:
blipbl0p Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oops! I thought I'd done it already. my bad. it should be fixed now, sorry about that!
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:iconheavenriver:
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that looks good! Now you're in, thanks!
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