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Fractal Filters: Creative filters to enhance your media!

Artistic filters that add an imaginative touch to your photos (and videos). Fractal Filters inspire you to capture creatively.

Fractal Filters: Creative filters to enhance your media!

Artistic filters that add an imaginative touch to your photos (and videos). Fractal Filters inspire you to capture creatively.

$1,611
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41
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 20 2014
Last updated February 28, 2014

About

More images below, and on the project's website.
More images below, and on the project's website.

**UPDATE** THIS PROJECT HAS MOVED--FIND ITS NEW HOME BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK--Thanks! www.fractals.me

"A purely marvelous new tool that supplements the way I shoot in any situation; Fractals allow me to view the world through my lens in an unexplored way...." - Ellen Banner, The Seattle Times

Hi Kickstarter!

I'm excited to bring you my first project. If you love capturing artistic images or videos I believe you will love the new filters I'm sharing with you!

Fractal Filters are supplementary tools designed to provide photographers (and videographers) with new techniques that can be used to shoot anytime, anywhere. They are reflective 'shoot-through' filters that, when viewed through the lens can do many things: from creating patterns, to isolating a subject. Or, maybe something completely different: how you use them is completely up to you. Fractal Filters provide a unique way to look through your lens, both making difficult shooting situations easier and easy situations more spontaneous and creatively elastic. 

Types

These four designs were carefully crafted over a year so that each individual filter has a unique optical effect (examples below). Filters A and B achieve many of the 'starburst' effects seen in the video above; these are optimal for abstract shots where less attention need be paid to the subject; but they're also great for images with a subject. Filters C and D have viewing holes great for focusing on a subject and letting the surrounding environment become a tool for your frame. 

Two more filters are in development, contingent on the success of these initial four.   

Each filter can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the way it’s rotated, the distance it sits from the lens, focal length used, etc. As previously stated, some of our filters are better built for situations where a subject is involved, and others are built for more abstract effects. This being said, the way an end user applies their filter is only limited by their creativity as we've emphasized developing filters that are situationally flexible. I've even taken some cell phone pictures of my dog with it. Perfect for practical ...as well as completely impractical shooting situations.

Be bold! You can be the first in your field to apply it to product, fashion, glamour, or other types of photo and videography.

These filters do not thread onto your lens, the FAQ below  explains why this is ideal. The Fractal Filters articulating arm mount connects to any hot shoe and has a hot shoe mount atop so you won't lose any TTL ability. The arm has a reach far enough to mount your filter in front of a telephoto, and locks into place allowing one to position the filter in front of the lens freely. A similar mount with a standard 4mm screw-hole has been created for video users who do not have a hot shoe.  

To handhold, or to mount, that is the question.

Hand holding our filters gives you a certain freedom that is often more desirable; this is especially true due to the major changes that can be observed in the frame even from slight angular shifts of the filter in front of the lens which are easy to do by hand. But, situationally being able to mount the filter is certainly a convenient addition and adds utility in certain situations, especially when shooting video. So realistically, it's up to you guys. I want to make these available; with your help we can make it happen.

 Conclusion: Expect shipments in Late May/Early June!

Too lazy to check the ones on our website? Here's some examples of images I've taken with the product. All images by Nikk Wong.  

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How do they work? 

For specific questions, make sure to read the FAQ below! :) 

What your camera sees through your lens isn't static--with the right tools it can be altered into something you may not have imagined. Fractals' custom shaped filters use the reflective qualities of glass in calculated ways to reflect your surroundings into your frame, complementing your unique shooting style while also presenting an efficient way to create incredibly cool special effects. Each Fractal Filter can be hand-held or mounted in front of the lens. From there, changing the angular position of the filter even slightly can create a wholly different effect in your frame. You'll find that your surroundings (even those behind you) can now be used to manipulate your image in ways that weren't possible before. Our custom shaped filters let you decide the exact compositional makeup you want in your image or video--many different filters for endless possibilities.

  • Used to create blurs/prism special effects; optimal for photography and very useful for videography
  • Optimal performance from a focal length of 40mm-150mm.
  • Leaded glass content of 15% to increase refractive index of our filters by a factor of 1.25; making your reflections more brilliant.

  • 'Polarizing' rotating inner ring to choose reflecting angle of object filter.
  • Thin Profile Ring (7mm) - A thin filter ring helps reduce the possibility of vignetting (the darkening of corners) or optical obstruction at wide angle.
  • Size: 100mm; 93mm glass diameter + 7mm profile ring; one-size fits all.
  • Material: Black aluminum
  • Filter Factor: 1 Proportion of light transmitted (1/FF): 95-100% 
  • Number of stops reduced: 0 
  • Dimensions: 5” x 5.5” x .2”~.6” 
  • Weight: 20g~100g 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

        
Hash-tag images captured with our product as #FractalFilters on Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook. More details will be released upon the product's launch!

Comments, inquiries, suggestions? Let's talk. Talk to your friends about it. Talk to me about it; I love talking to anyone interested! This is a living, breathing project only in its initial stages, and we want you to be a part of it; this project doesn't exist without you! 

I cannot even begin to explain how much your engagement with my project means to me. I have been a photographer for about five years. When I started shooting weddings, I became interested in supplementing my photography with techniques that were more unique than focusing on composition and subject alone. I started shooting through beads and different prism shaped glasses; yet nothing had been actually designed for photographers; nothing gave me the optimal look and feel I wanted!

I started shaping glass objects at a studio in downtown Seattle; I became obsessed with shaping a piece that could be used in multiple ways. But still, I had hardly any idea what I was doing! Eventually, I worked with a few professional glass blowers as well as mathematicians who could better assist me in creating an optically and compositionally perfect piece of glass for media purposes. I started  to get excited when I realized my tools were far cooler than I had ever imagined. I began selling them to friend photographers; but eventually found making them one by one is incredibly time consuming! My ambitions then expanded outwards.

I've dedicated hundreds of hours thinking about the technical and aesthetic aspects of the project in order to deliver the world's most revolutionary filters at an affordable price. I'm a consumer too; the disappointment that erupts when receiving a product that doesn't meet my expectation is nothing foreign to me. Armed with this insight, I've spent over a year developing a product that I proudly put my name behind; expect a "wow" factor when you get it in your hands!

And I'd like to give you a big thank you for spending a portion of your valuable day learning about what I've been working on for the past year. 

Risks and challenges

Funding; my main challenge has always been getting the word out to enough people due to my small size and limited budget (I am a super awesome team of just 1!). This is why your sharing this project is of incredible importance to me. I am going to be reaching out to friends, family, and various blogs to help me spread the word... and with your help we will hopefully make this campaign a success! I have established excellent relationships with my suppliers over the past year and have verified both the availability of the necessary materials, as well as a high quality of their work as I've seen through samples.

I value everyone who believes in me enough to back me. I guarantee to only ship products that meet my high standards. I have put the time and effort into refining my process to ensure I will be able to ship these quality products on schedule.

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    For those who share. SHARE this campaign on your medium of choice (blog, social media, forum, etc.) to receive $2 off your filter. I won't verify whether you had or not; I trust you enough to take your word for it. ONE Fractal Filter of your choice A, B, C, or D. Microfiber cleaning cloth. [Retail Value $34.99]

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    THREE Fractal Filters of your choice A, B, C, or D. Three microfiber cleaning cloths. + The chance to be awarded with our stretch goal rewards! (If funding permits, see stretch goal section for details).

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