One A Day – 575 – Fractally

Pollomingus - Free Form Jazz
Pollomingus – Free Form Jazz

Vincent Von Macotela
Vincent Van Macotela


The Dark Side
The Dark Side

Electric Man
Electric Man

  • Pollomingus
  • Juan Carlos Cortes – Guitar. Irepan Rojas – Trombone, Jonathan Macotela – Bass
  • Amati Cafe
  • Centro, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • January 23, 2015
  • Copyright, all rights reserved

Yes, this is something new – again. The band playing is Pollomingus and their music is free form jazz. If you know anything about it, it is often atonal, uses all sorts of noises when the band members feel the need and quite interesting. But whatever it is, it certainly isn’t “business as usual.”

And in their own way, these photos are free form as well. This session started out with a wide angle on my camera and low light – which is pretty normal for my shots at Amati. When I started post processing, I balanced the photos as I always do and tone-mapped them to increase contrast and color. After that, I used a program that applies fractals to the lines in the images. There is a LOT of variables in this workflow and as you see in this set, every photo is in a different style. I’ve wanted to try this for a while. It just took a night when the light seemed particularly low and dull to make me decide to try it.

It takes a fair amount of time to do each one of these. As I figured out a workflow I could use and when I was more familiar with what would work, it got easier, but it still could take as much as two hours to get each photo completed. Electric Man was by far the most complicated but also (in my mind) one of the most successful.