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Pseudo-HDRI lighting

POV-Ray 3.6, 2004 (2 K)

Impressed by some of the HDRI images created by others with MegaPOV, I tried to replicate the effect with the official version, using apropiate images and conventional radiosity.The result is not so good as real HDRI, but if the image base has a good luminosity, the results can look almost as good.

The above zip contains a test scene to generate a spherical map for use on the demo scene, so you must render it before rendering the demo. For a more interesting lighting on your own tests, you can generate the maps using a spherical camera on your own scenes, or use some that I rendered from several of my scenes (see below).

You can also use panoramic or spherical photos, if they have a dynamic luminosity. For example, Philo's Home Page has some amazing panoramas wich can be very handy, specially the indoor ones.

WIPS, tests and other images:

sm_jvp_office-sun-2 sm_jvp_office-sun-3 sm_jvp_office sm_jvp_patio-2 sm_jvp_patio sm_jvp_tierra-1 test-pHDRI-2 test-pHDRI-4 test-pHDRI-piscine

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