From Voyager I: Saturn
(original title: De Voyager I: Saturne)
Four days after Voyager I flew past the planet, it looked back
and took a picture. This picture, taken from 5.3 million kilometers,
presents a unique perspective. It is especially interesting to see
the shadow of the rings on the planet and the shadow of the planet
on the rings. I based my work on this picture to create this scene
in Ultra Fractal.
Although Ultra Fractal is neither a ray-tracer nor a real 3D renderer,
it is possible to create effects like these by going step by step.
This composition is entirely based on a do-nothing pixel
formula, and every detail comes from a precise use of mapping and
coloring algorithms. I had to use the masking capabilities of Ultra
Fractal extensively, for example to make the planet in the middle
of its rings. The rings are created by using Paul L. Kloegs
circle-limit formula. Its always fascinating to see such a
large and complex object appearing simple from a great distance.
This is a 25-layer composition.