Lighting Challenge #1: Fruit Bowl


I’ve recently picked up Jeremy Birn’s book “Digital Lighting & Rendering,” 2nd edition, and I was inspired to put my skills to the test and join these fantastic challenges.

Jeremy, if you read this, thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and for providing the models. You are a true artist.

Below is my first ever image entry into any cgtalk thread. I decided to start from the begining, even though I know that this particular challenge is long gone and my entry may not get much viewing but I do welcome any comments and construtive criticism.

Thank you for looking.


Woa!!! Amazing idea and amazing works (still reading on page 10, but cann’t help it posting my own try) … I regret not noticing this before. The entries posted so far are so good I´m ashamed to post mine, but I guess that if you want to improve you gotta start somewhere.

Going for a nightime, indoor incandescent look. Blender internal renderer. No post production. No shading other than plain colors on the fruits.

One whide-angled spot for the key, a orange toned area light to fill. Ambient oclusion set to substract light only). 113 mm lens on the camera.

C&Q much wellcomed


SirRender, that looks amazing. The lighting is quite good and so are the textures (specially on the bananas)… I would give more critique, but as you can see from my previous post, it would be kind o a kindergarden kid lecturing a senior high school student.

Hmm… if there is something that I would sugest to revisit it would be the DOF, it is quite distracting on your image.


Trying someting diferent, a little less dark. Again no post production.


Here’s something I did six months ago but havn’t been able to post until after SigGRAPH when the existance of the shaders became public… :wink:

“La Frota” at six differet times of day… enjoy…



What shaders would those be?


See this lil’ demo




Wow, the demo looks great !!
Any hope to get those shaders for Maya soon?



wow… this is amazing… great interpretation… simply amazing…


Nice “time of day” look.

I guess the shaders that didn’t make it into Maya 8.0 will have to wait for the 8.01 patch?



I have always wanted to try one of these, but work is so busy and when I get home I don’t want to do anything else but relax.

Here is my quick attempt, really not much determination here so just a quick lighting ‘sketch’ or like a quick concept to layout the composition and atomsphere.

Final gather and GI is set to low accuracy to retain this raw sketchy render look. Due to the lack of time the shader is left as default PhongE with reflection turned off.

It’s really nice to see some real nice renders coming out from these challenges.


Well, a bit behinde everyone else, here is my try at the fruits chalenge.
No GI or FG, just spot lights (10 of them).
I’ll be happy to get any comments about it.


Roli - Very nice rendering on the cloth! If you could show me or give some insight to how you made that i’d really like that! It’s beautiful!
You’re fruit doesn’t look half bad! the grapes are coming along good! I think you should check your specular hilights look closly at the objects you’re recreting and i’d try maybe looking into your shadows/lighting i think you have a fill light that might be up to much? i’m only guessing?

But here is my try! I didn’t use any SSS but if someone could let me know what this SSS quick shader is maybe i could use it i’m more then interested in it
Use three lights, Two spots. one area, Everything here was made with proc Textures. I’m thinking of making the orange look old and moldy like i did with the banana. But it’d appriciate any tips and pointers or improvements that anyone can offer!


I Have A new experience In 3DSmax.
This Pic Is My experience .
See And Help Me About My Render.


This File IS My First experience


Ok, I know this is probably really late to submit this first challenge, but I’ve just found out about this lighting challenge. So I guess I just try the first challenge first. I don’t use any FG or GI to light the scene because my PC just give me a really hard time when I use one of them :slight_smile:

Ok, please please feel free to give feed back


Just keeping the thread alive! I’m calling this semi-final as of now (haven’t done bump maps yet and I have other projects!):

I really, really liked Floze’s render. Didn’t think I needed bump maps or a nice table cloth texture till I saw his!

And the lighting progression from area lights to FG:




It’s my first time doing lighting challenge. :slight_smile:

Set up in Blender and rendered with Blender’s default internal renderer engine. Enjoy! :slight_smile: Since Blender doesn’t have real SS shading, I had to fake it by painting it and apply it as “light” texture.