Wow, reducing the -as to 0 seems to have relieved the problem. I had no
idea that they don't shoot directly up (I had guessed it might have been
something along those lines, but couldn't track it down).
The RwR book seems to suggest that you use a -as equal to 1/4 your -ad,
so I can't imagine that reducing the -as to 0 should be the correct
solution... Perhaps the model I am using simply exacerbates this issue?
Could you explain when it's reasonable to use -as 0 and a large -ad, as
opposed to the values recommended in the book? Does it depend on the size
of the highlight on the floor (smaller = more/less -as )?
Naturally like you suggested Andrew, this model is much faster to do with
radiosity. It's really just a test model, and naturally more complex
models would have to be used. However after I saw this, I naturally
couldn't proceed with image comparisons until I figured out what I was
doing wrong! As you've probably seen, I've sent out the scene, so if you
have any further insights, especially into what rpict options I should be
using, do tell.
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I'd also like to see your scene, but while I wait I'll go out on a limb:
AFAIK in radiance, an ambient sample ray is never emitted normal to a
surface. I suspect your shadow results from the (slightly) decreased
probability of sampling the highlight from the area directly above the
highlight. This effect can be compounded by the -as setting (which never
samples the upper edge of a division, but can sample the lower edge of a
My suggestion: try a high ad value coupled with no ambient super samples.
-ad 20000 -as 0
As far as your comparison between raytracing and radiosity, You pick a scene
that plays to all the strengths of radiosity. Radiosity with a dense mesh
produces a highly accurate result in relatively little time for scenes that
have very simple geometry and are limited to completely diffuse reflection
and completely specular transmission.
If you had semi-specular reflection, semi-diffuse transmission or complex
geometry raytracing is more likely to result in higher accuracy in less time
On Thu, 13 Aug 2009 18:01:09 EDT Andrew McNeil wrote:
On 8/13/09 1:58 PM, "Greg Ward" <[email protected]> wrote:
Can you send me your scene description, so I can have a look at it?
This is the worst possible timing for me, but you're going to get
nowhere unless you share your scene files. It's impossible to deduce
what's going wrong from an image.
From: [email protected]
Date: August 13, 2009 1:42:40 PM PDT
Hmm, well no suggestions thus far has helped solve the problem I am
having. I think it would help if I explain what I am trying to do. I
attempting to validate radiosity calculations against a raytracer (in
this case Radiance). I am doing this with a simple example of a box
only by direct sun and ambient bounces, so there is no sky
I have attempted many different rendering options, such as -aa 0 and
other "high quality" level options as recommended in the Rendering
Radiance book. These do not get rid of the problem. As you can see
gensky below, the sun shouldn't be approaching the zenith, as it has
revealed can cause problems.
I was reccommended to try using mkillum to turn the window into an
surface. I have attempted this, but it doesn't appear to do
I could be using it incorrectly? I am only using a single ambient
in my calculations because the shadow is still there even on higher
amounts, such as -ab 20. I decided -ab 1 would make it easier to track
down the problem as well as take less computation time.
Any more thoughts on what could be causing this? Could it be a problem
with gensky similar to the zenith problem maybe?
From: [email protected]
Date: July 27, 2009 3:41:40 PM PDT
I am fairly stumped as to what is going on here. I have a box with a
square hole, 1/3 x 1/3 the width of the box, to allow sunlight into
I am using the following gensky to attempt to only light the room
!gensky 6 21 12:00EST -a 40.77 -o 73.967 -g 0.0 +s
skyfunc glow sky_glow
4 0 0 0 0
sky_glow source sky
4 0 0 1 180
This picture was rendered using -ab 1
http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu111/radiancebox/radiance.jpg>>>> You'll note on this image, that there is a strange shadow on the >
I am unable to figure out why.
If I instead place a light in the room, also 1/3x 1/3 the size of the
box, I do not have this problem. This picture is taken from the
the box, with the light on the ceiling instead of the floor. There
gensky used on this picture.
http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu111/radiancebox/Light.jpg>>> This > picture was rendered using -ab 0>
Changing the camera angle doesn't effect the shadow seen in the first
picture. I have determined that the shape of the window is not
the shadow, instead the highlight on the floor causes the shadow on
If anyone can help clear this up for me, I would appreciate it.
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