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05-10-2006, 05:57 AM
I'm lighting an outdoor pool scene. I have a photometric area light underwater where you would find a standard light in a swimming pool. I'm trying to create a luminous murky type of effect but struggling a bit. I've tried volume lights and gizmos to no avail. Any suggestions?

05-10-2006, 07:15 AM
If the water was murky I'd imagine you wouldn't see much more of the light than the fixture itself and a very tight glow/volumelight around it.

But maybe you mean something like the following pics?



If so, think more about using your lights to illuminate the bottom and sides of the pool. This and not the Vlight is what really causes the pools of light. Notice how the lights blow out the poolfloor. This is because of the camera exposure. It's dark, so the camera has a long shutterspeed hence the blown out lights. Try to replicate this.
The Vlights should only add a little to the atmosphere. Place a plane that's invisible to camera and reflections/refractions right under the water so it cuts off the Vlight before it pokes outta the water. Exclude the plane from all other lights.

Good luck


05-10-2006, 05:41 PM
Thanks Wiro, that is the type of effect I'm after. I don't know why I said murky, it was late and I was tired. I'll try what you suggested, thanks again :thumbsup:

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