When the point starts in the middle and goes in ever expanding circles till it ends up on the outside of the lens area. It ends up looking like the inside of a seashell?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Please give an example of what you're talking about. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Mar 8, 2018 at 14:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PeterPawlicki - I added a couple of example photos of a guess of what you mean, to (hopefully) improve your question and assist you in getting better answers. If it was an error to do that please edit your question to remove the photos and kindly provide an image or improve upon your description. Thanks for asking, apologies if the example is incorrect. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rob
    Mar 8, 2018 at 18:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelClark - Clicking the PR link shows "Philip Kendall reviewed this 6 hours ago: Reject This is guessing what the author meant, we need the author to clarify" - I added two relevant 'Golden Ratio' photos, and the answer is making the same guess - not sure what other guess could be made. Phillip's 14K rep so I guess he can reject on his own but it didn't 'go through' and both shows (to me) waiting for review and clicking the PR link rejected. Here's the Link: photo.stackexchange.com/suggested-edits/6121 . \$\endgroup\$
    – Rob
    Mar 9, 2018 at 1:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Rob no, the system isn't broken. Your edit is in the Suggested Edits review queue at the moment. It needs 3 (I think) approve votes for it to go through. I have hesitated on reviewing it, because I had the same reaction Philip did. I was hoping OP would jump in an clarify the question a bit, which would make the approve/reject decision a lot easier. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Mar 9, 2018 at 1:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Rob understood, your intentions are not in question at all. Not trying to speak for Philip, but my hesitance comes from feeling the edit is just a bit too much putting words in OP's mouth. That's only my opinion. There's a fine line in editing, between editing for grammar/formatting/spelling, etc., vs. editing for correctness or voice. That's why one of the reject reasons is "Clearly conflicts with the author's intention". I haven't rejected it on those grounds, because it's not clear what OP intended. (which actually is how I voted to close the question until it is clarified). \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Mar 9, 2018 at 2:54

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Although the question is vague, it's been posted on a photography question site, so my guess is that this is called the golden section or golden ratio. The ratio of the sum to the larger of the two quantities.

This site seems to show quite a good explanation:

Simply put, the golden ratio is a ratio of approximately 1.618 to 1. This proportion creates a sense of harmony and balance.

Taken from: https://photographyicon.com/goldenratio/

There are some good representations of it in action, and some video links

The visual representation is often seen as this:

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The golden ratio and using the closely related Fibonacci spiral is also well covered here in these questions:

How to use the Fibonacci spiral to create better photos?
What is the 'Golden Ratio' and why is it better than the 'Rule of Thirds?'
Subject alongside, at the intersection or inside lines in composition rules?
What is the 'Diagonal Method' and should I use it instead of 'The Rule of Thirds?'


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