I have a scene in Unity (2019.3.0f3 Personal) using the High-Definition Render Pipeline. There are no lights in the scene, and Baked Global Illumination is disabled. The skybox is a
GradientSky. By all means, the lighting in the scene should be absolutely uniform, but instead there is a gradient from one side to the other.
Though the effect is faint, you can see that the right side of the plane is slightly lighter than the left. The ground shader is
HDRP/TesselationLit, and by bringing the
Smoothness Remapping to max I can exaggerate this effect, as shown below. This is why I am under the impression the effect is specular in nature.
Interestingly, if I switch the camera to the Isometric mode, the effect disappears:
Finally, the effect appears to occur in world rather than camera space, as shown by the changes in lighting when I rotate my camera in increments of 90 degrees:
What is causing this effect, and how can I disable it?