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Russell Wyner
How to make reflections fall-off (fade with distance)
on Oct 10, 2010 at 12:34:31 am

The top image is not my project, but it represents what I'm trying to do.
See how the different vases have different reflection fades?

What I've got is some 3D text floating over a ground plane. The plane is using the "background" material so that it renders invisible but still shows casted shadows and reflections.

I can't figure out how to get those reflections to fade away based on the original object's distance from the plane.

Doing some research, I started playing around with adding a mib_amb_occlusion shader to the material's reflection property, but I can't get anything to happen. I'm rendering in Mental Ray. I even turned on the ambient occlusion in the Mental Ray render settings in the indirect lighting tab. Still nothing.

Thanks in advance to anyone with any suggestions.

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