We present a physically-based analytical model of the daytime sky. Based on the results of a first-principles brute force simulation of radiative transfer in the atmosphere, we use the same general approach of fitting basis function coefficients to radiance data as the Perez and Preetham models do. However, we make several modifications to this process,… (More)
We propose a practicable way to include both polarization and fluorescence effects in a rendering system at the same time. Previous research in this direction only demonstrated support for either one of these phenomena; using both effects simultaneously was so far not possible, mainly because the techniques for the treatment of polarized light were… (More)
In this paper we present a method to combine several micro-facet based surface layers into a single unified, expressive BRDF model that is easy to use. The restriction to micro-facet based layers constitutes no loss of generality, since both perfectly specular and perfectly diffuse surfaces can be seen as limit cases of the micro-facet approach. Such… (More)
In this article we derive the complete set of formulas needed to generate physically plausible images of uniaxial crystals. So far no computer graphics publication contains all the formulas one needs to compute the interaction of light with such crystals in a form that is useable by a graphics application, especially if a polarization-aware rendering system… (More)
Within computer graphics, the field of predictive rendering is concerned with those methods of image synthesis that yield results that do not only look real, but are also radiometrically correct renditions of nature, i.e. which are accurate predictions of what a real scene would look like under given lighting conditions. In order to guarantee the… (More)
Fluorescence is an interesting and visually prominent effect, which has not been fully covered by Computer Graphics research so far.While the physical phenomenon of fluorescence has been addressed in isolation, the actual reflection behaviour of real fluorescent surfaces has never been documented, and no analytical BRDF models for such surfaces have been… (More)
The accurate display of high dynamic range images requires the application of complex tone mapping operators. These operators are computationally costly, which prevents their usage in interactive applications. We propose a general framework that delivers interactive performance to an important subclass of tone mapping operators, namely global tone mapping… (More)
In this paper we present a stochastic add–on extension to standard raytracing which makes it possible to render dispersion effects more efficiently than hitherto possible. Our method incurs less overhead than previous proposals, is physically accurate and is applicable to most of the currently feasible spectral representations.