27 Nov 12. The image for today is designed to showcase an inexpensive filter that I frequently like to employ when working on the creative images, or when needing to add just a little bit of glitz to enhance what was already there. Fractalius is a windows only plugin, but I'm thinking one day soon it should be available for other OSs. The filter has about 12 different settings with each of those having an infinite amount of control in creating the desired effect. If you are a windows user and like to play with your images, this might be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself. The author states that it is designed to pull out "the so-called hidden fractal textures of any image." The leaf I'm sharing today has a number of droplets of water on it that were sparkling in the on again / off again sunlight that was filtering through the clouds the day I took the shot. My goal in the image was to both highlight the water droplets in addition to showing the macro structure of the leaf, much as you might see if you were to hold it up to a bright shaft of light with the rear of the leaf facing you. The leaves comprising the perimeter show this better than do those in the middle, while those in the middle show off the water droplets. To get this result I first built a detail manipulation layer on top of the base image, reduced the effect to about 50%, duped that layer and ran the fractalius filter backing it off to about 65% for this result.Then I painted out the effect on the water droplets, and finally ran a curves adjustment to darken the overall image somewhat, masking the darkening from areas where it didn't help. The final manipulation was then flattened and saved for the web. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/400 sec @ f / 7.1.