Images of Azeroth: 50,000 Words (2/50)

Darkshore, Kalimdor. 
I think out of all the zones that received the Cataclysm make-over, Darkshore is one that benefited the most. Previously a dreary and uninteresting zone, it has been completely transformed into perhaps the most visually stunning zone in the game.

To create the look of this image I first cropped it, sharpened it, then added a blurring effect (you'll see it on the left side when you enlarge it) to enhance the sense of depth. As well, I "burned" in the outer edges to draw the eye into the main focus of the image, namely the interaction between the sun and the trees.

Sturgeon Lake, Saskatchewan. 
This image was taken a few years ago on a cold, foggy October morning during my vacation at our cabin at Sturgeon Lake. The calmness and serenity of this image has always intrigued me. Even though it was fall when this image was created and the colours on the leaves at the end of the lake were truly stunning, I chose to present this image in black and white to help convey the chill that was in the air that morning and accentuate the feeling peaceful stillness. 

Angelya over at Revive and Rejuvenate has come up with another Challenge that I, as a Photographer and self-styled Visual Artist, am very excited about. It's IntPiPoMo, or International Picture Posting Month. As a picture is worth 1,000 words, the goal for this challenge is to post 50 pictures during the month of November. I will be posting 25 Images of Azeroth and 25 photographs or art projects that I have been working on personally (and no baby photos, sorry ladies). As well, I will be posting commentary and context with each image.


  1. Looking forward to the next 25 daily postings of 2 pictures: 1 being Azeroth related & the other being an example of your photo editing skills. Glad that you have joined the growing number of people participating in the #IntPiPoMo project.

    I understand the quietness of DBM, what with the dwarfling, real life, the Mrs, work, and such. Welcome back to more regular postings. Good writing along with great pictures is a treasure to behold.

    Keep up the great stuff.

  2. I really like this idea of putting together a MMO picture and a RL picture especially if they relate to each other. One of the reason I like fantasy MMO is that they remind me of RL natural environments but without the traveling time/cost and without the constraint of Physics in term of what can happen there (architecture, inhabitants, improbable law of gravity...).

    I really wish all MMO would come with a camera feature where you can easily take "pictures" seen through your virtual lenses (zooming, focal depth, ISO, panoramas, automatic geolocation, artistic filters, etc) and be able to share them easily with the MMO community, on your social network, Flickr/Picasaweb etc. It offers both a creative activity for players and a good way to promote a virtual world by sharing the way we love them, the way we see them.

    Give me the photographer/reporter class! A class where you don't need to kill ten rats to explore the world but where the community and social networks "likes" make you "level up". Smile !!! click !!! :)

  3. That's one of the best Darkshore shots I've ever seen. Very excited about your pictures, Fannon :)

  4. Loved the Darkshore screenshot I've ever seen too Fannon! Great work! definitely seeing your profession in these images. Loved it! Looking forward to see more! Thanks for sharing! =)

  5. What a beautiful likening of the two scenes!

  6. Ah, just the first one alone is just so stunning.

    You have really captured a lasting image with that one! Really look forward to what else you have,

    - Jamin