Homework 1

This is my first homework submission. Here you'll find both a .rar file containing the required material, and also what extra work I've done.

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Extra 1 - photon mapping

Instead of doing the suggested inter-surface reflections using photon mapping, I decided to try out the much more spectacular-looking caustics effects. I switched to a near-perfectly transmissive glass material, and altered the scene settings to facilitate my objective.


This is the final result, using 500k photons for caustics. The algorithm has converged to a pretty believable image. Notice the nice See below for some intermediate steps.

Intermediate 1

Using only 10k photons for caustics, the map gets far to crude an the artifacts plenty.

Intermediate 2

Stepping up to 100k photons, things begin to look better, but the sharp details are still missing.