So, right now, moving is difficult because it requires breathing, and breathing isn’t something that’s working for me right now. So long as I keep still, I’m okay — a little wheezy, but okay. If I get up and move around, well, things get a little more complicated. So, here I sit. let me tell you something, dear reader, sitting is boring. But I do things to pass the time. Things like play video games (as some of y’all might know already). And my go-to video game is usually Skyrim because Skyrim is god-damned beautiful. And because it’s so gosh-darned beautiful, I take a lot of “pictures” when I’m wandering around the virtual world of Skyrim.
Of course, screenshots — the pictures I take in game — just don’t look all that great when I look at them after I quit the game. It’s like when you take a picture of the moon with a point and shoot camera. It just doesn’t look quite the same as it did through the viewfinder, right? It’s a good thing we have this little thing called Photoshop. I know there are free programs out there, but I have an indulgent husband who lets me play with Photoshop because he knows I have nothing but time on my hands. And when it comes down to it, I could have a lot more expensive hobbies. You know?
So anyway, I said all of that so I could just show off some more of my Photoshop shenanigans. I dunno, it just struck me as interesting that these two screenshots came from the same day and the same game. This first one is a snowy camp where me and my companion wiped out a bunch of bandits who attacked us. I just thought it looked kind of peaceful — even though it’s a bandit camp and you’d never know that just behind my character is a pile of corpses. ^_^ Before and after:
I didn’t have to add any snow or anything, it was already there. I mostly took the blue filter off and fussed with the lighting a bit. It’s meant to be early morning so it’s not supposed to look as dark as it does. I was trying to go for a hint of darkness…
This next one was taken on the same day in a dungeon not too far from this camp — believe it or not, Skyrim really isn’t that big, one can walk across it in about two or three in game days (if you don’t stop for sleep). Though time is a little fussy when you’re talking game times. I think someone worked it out to be about the size of Alaska, but I forget where and when I read that. Still, as a kingdom with nine “holds” that’s not that big when it comes down to it. But I digress, my point is nothing is really “that far” from anything else in Skyrim — relatively speaking. ^_^
Back to business… the second screenshot before and after:
So, I actually made this darker because it’s supposed to be dark in dungeons (I had my torch out and that made it artificially bright). I removed the dead ghost — the bright blue glowing thing in the left corridor — and fussed with the lighting. One of the things I’ve been working on in Photoshop is trying to manipulate lighting. It’s kind of interesting to see what can be done just by messing with the lights.
Looking at this though. I think I might fuss with it again later and see if I can fix the shadows. Because when you fuss with the lighting, it does change the shadows. And that kinda makes things look… off somehow. Like, the main lighting is coming from the big fire atop the face statue… there should be more shadows on the face now. and maybe on the rock piles. I dunno. I’ll look at it again tomorrow. Anyway, just thought I’d share. Hope you enjoyed.