SKYRIM. For those of you who have not said goodbye to real life, you are probably wondering what this is referring to. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is possibly the best role-playing video game ever made. This valorous scene depicts an adventurer trekking through the snowy mountains of Skyrim. He has stopped in his tracks and is bracing himself to face one of the many terrors along the treacherous Cold Rock Pass.
There are several different visual cues in this image to create the illusion of a naturalistic three dimensional scene. The size difference between the adventurer and the clearly huge bear is noteworthy. From what we know in real life, bears are very large, and this bear is smaller in size compared to the adventurer due to being further away. Another significant size difference is between the adventurer and the mountain. Mountains are overbearing in size, but since it is far away, it almost seems to shrink with distance. The crows circling the dead and frozen mammoth are also different sizes relative to their location within the scene. The adventurer is in the front and is closer than the mammoth and the bear because he is lower in the picture plane. The mammoth is closer than the bear because he is blocking the bear's lower half causing interposition. The atmosphere of the scene appears foggier in the background than in the foreground. This is demonstrated by the clearly textured rock in the bottom right corner contrasting with the blurrier rocks in the mountain in the top left corner.
As you can see there are many different aspects and principles that work harmoniously to create a realistic three dimensional image. Unfortunately I cannot name them all, particularly due to the required length of this blog. So, what others can you find in the snowy mountains of Skyrim?