Not too long ago I saw some amazing renderings of the “mandelbulb” (The Unravelling of the Real 3D Mandelbulb). The renderings (some are shown below) reminded me of everything from gothic architecture, to wasp nests, to bizarre microscopic organic structures.
This Youtube video gives a good sense of the “depth” of this structure.
And today I found that there is a tool available to build and explore these structures: mandelbulber – by Krzysztof Marczak(http://sourceforge.net/projects/mandelbulber/)
Here’s an example of what it can render. Notice the Depth-of-field and slight amount of fog.
Be warned - The UI is challenging (see the screenshots below) – but at least you can start your own journey into the mandelbulb.