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Is there some kind of "special" lighting in this scene? I notice that the sun seems to "pop".


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Ugh. Why do people think this looks good? :( – Jon Purdy Sep 23 '11 at 22:42
Needs more brown. – Patrick Hughes Sep 23 '11 at 23:02
@JonPurdy because to some of us it does. – doppelgreener Sep 24 '11 at 0:22
@JonathanHobbs: I just think blurring the specular channel on everything is a bit excessive. It's like a lens flare: it's a simulation of the side-effects of an imperfect lens. Why would you do that? – Jon Purdy Sep 24 '11 at 4:31
@JonathanHobbs: That's fair. I just find it a particularly overused tool. Things have a tendency of being overused when they become easy to use, then tone down over time (consider the early internet). I think that's what's happening with bloom. – Jon Purdy Sep 24 '11 at 4:50
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It uses a bloom shader. That's a post-processing effect that makes bright areas of the rendering appear to glow.

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+1, however, calling it a bloom filter is potentially misleading as this effect has nothing to do with 'bloom filters' ( Probably better to just call it a bloom effect. – Kylotan Sep 23 '11 at 18:41
good point, edited. – jhocking Sep 23 '11 at 18:58
cool! thanks!.. – Daniel Pendergast Sep 24 '11 at 13:36
@DantheMan If you really want to thank him, mark this as the answer. – Nicol Bolas Sep 24 '11 at 21:52
@NicolBolas, I know. – Daniel Pendergast Sep 25 '11 at 19:38

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