This three dimensional image was made by mapping an image onto a mathematical surface whose elevations are determined by the colors of image.
“Gamma Island” is a three dimensional rendering of a complex mathematical function called the gamma function. The colors, which represent the behavior of the function, are mapped onto a rectangular grid. The grid, with the colorized overlay, is then morphed in a manner that is dependent on the intensity of the colors.
The ocean was created by first creating a flat image consisting of bluish noise. Then I raised this image over a mathematical grid whose elevations correspond to the white caps. I had to create new algorithms to show the light beams and reflection of the sun on the water.