I will be adding to this post over the course of the week, because I am limited on my uploading capabilities (thanks vimeo, grr). I always try to have a specific visual in mind when creating a fractal. It's important to keep that goal in mind when pushing the software to achieve a certain look.
These fractals are layered so that the final visual cannot simply be generated with a single effect layer. I have always disliked digital work that can be boiled down a single effect. It is almost a trademark of amateur photoshop work when you can see that the final piece is nothing more than a photograph with a single effect from the filter gallery.
Fractal Fire from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.
Fractal water from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.
Fractal Coffee from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.