Yeah that's intended and normal and if you looked at my ss's, very close to what I have.
You must have had HDR forced on in your driver or something to get that crazy bloom from before. Even with mine on max (in game) it looked nothing like yours did originally. Running an ATi card too, if that makes a difference.
Strangely i never had a similar problem with the previous settings and other things look exactly the same as before. I think there must have been some strange bug, keeping ancient settings from the beginning of my STO time.
Anyway, i want to thank you for your help!
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