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


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    \$\begingroup\$ Ugh. Why do people think this looks good? :( \$\endgroup\$ – Jon Purdy Sep 23 '11 at 22:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Needs more brown. \$\endgroup\$ – Patrick Hughes Sep 23 '11 at 23:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JonPurdy because to some of us it does. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Sep 24 '11 at 0:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ @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? \$\endgroup\$ – Jon Purdy Sep 24 '11 at 4:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @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. \$\endgroup\$ – Jon Purdy Sep 24 '11 at 4:50

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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    \$\begingroup\$ +1, however, calling it a bloom filter is potentially misleading as this effect has nothing to do with 'bloom filters' (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloom_filter). Probably better to just call it a bloom effect. \$\endgroup\$ – Kylotan Sep 23 '11 at 18:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ good point, edited. \$\endgroup\$ – jhocking Sep 23 '11 at 18:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DantheMan If you really want to thank him, mark this as the answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Nicol Bolas Sep 24 '11 at 21:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NicolBolas, I know. \$\endgroup\$ – Daniel says Reinstate Monica Sep 25 '11 at 19:38

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