Hi Josh, This really captured my eye, when I was going through the submissions.
I love spirals and I love Apophysis, A person can't go wrong at all with that combination.
Seeing this in full view is superb! I love the choice of gradient, and I know, people say that all the time, (I am one of them). Sometimes it takes me hours to find that "perfect" gradient, so I notice that in other fractal artist's work. As you know, it makes all the difference in the world.
What I specifically love about this gradient choice is that the different shades of blue and green give this entire flame a crystalline look. It is very beautiful. I also love the fact that you got the layers and layers of the spiral, know what I mean? The depth makes this look like it is "spiraling" down. Yeah, I know.
thank you so much for the compliments! I'm glad you enjoy this piece to the smallest detail. I quite honestly spent a long time fine tuning this with my own "pull this, turn that, tweak this" crazy sculpting methods..
Hmm, the main pattern has a nice shape, and the detail of the luminescent folds is very interesting, I am afraid that this is too busy though
you might want to look into using xaos, or changing relative weighs of the transforms, to make all of the really small features less prominent. There is a lot to look at, and the small stuff is detracting from the main spiral pattern. It is possible to tone it down so the details are still there, but not screaming look at me.
when ~SabreSlushie mentioned static, I think they meant grain in your render. This can be fixed by either lowering your gamma(I'm guessing 3-2.5) in the render tab, or when you render using a higher quality (approximately 4000-10,000)
if you have any questions about this feel free to note me and I can explain in more detail and maybe show you a few test renders.