Mandelbrot Breakfast - A work in Progress

So here's what I'm working on for my photo illustration class right now (just a screengrab for the moment, a full image when I'm finished):

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Extra points for anyone who figured thit out, its the Mandelbrot Fractal (or Mandelbrot Set) created out of cereal. This is just part of the final image so stay tuned for the final!

Wikipedia.com exerpt on the Mandelbrot Set:
The Mandelbrot set is a set of points in the complex plane that forms a fractal. Mathematically, the Mandelbrot set can be defined as the set of complex c-values for which the orbit of 0 under iteration of the complex quadratic polynomial x2 + c remains bounded.[1]

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When computed and graphed on the complex plane, the Mandelbrot Set is seen to have an elaborate boundary, which does not simplify at any given magnification. This qualifies it as a fractal.


And wikipedia.com on fractals:
A fractal is generally "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,"[1] a property called self-similarity. The term was coined by BenoƮt Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning "broken" or "fractured."

A fractal often has the following features:

* It has a fine structure at arbitrarily small scales.
* It is too irregular to be easily described in traditional Euclidean geometric language.
* It is self-similar (at least approximately or stochastically).
* It has a Hausdorff dimension which is greater than its topological dimension (although this requirement is not met by space-filling curves such as the Hilbert curve).
* It has a simple and recursive definition.[2]

I photographed cereal using the makeshift ring flash I detailed in my last post, to put this together, heres a shot of the flash:

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Lastly, I thought some people might be interested in the amount of photoshopping that goes into this, so heres a stitched-together screen grab of my photoshop layers palette:

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