So a little while ago I decided to install some of the mods that were recommended by the author of the ENB I use (RealVision), a lot of which comes down to textures, and some other fixes like running water and moving windmills at long range (instead of frozen mills and waterfalls made of ice cubes). I must say, I though the ENB was doing a lot of the work, but I'm definitely now one of the converted when it comes to texture mods. What I was running with was already so much better than the vanilla game, but the difference between that and what I have now is just staggering. It was worth the hilarious amount of time that it took me to get it all set up for sure.
So, all under my new setup, first are a couple pictures from outside during the day. Note that rocks in the distance don't look like they were textured by someone dragging their arse through grey paint, and waterfalls aren't made of static ice cubes (if it were video, even the water in the second shot would be flowing over the falls):
This one is just a closeup I grabbed of my new self as a vampire, but I think this one turned out really well. It's taken just inside the Solitude gates:
And lastly, I finally got around to grabbing some interior pictures that show of ELFX. The second shot in particular is probably one of my favourite screengrabs I've ever taken, and also shows off a mod for finer dust particles:
Also, my playthrough has now completed the main Dawnguard questline, hence my status as a vampire, which means it's time to take on an improved hearthfire (one mod to tweak it, and an item placer mod to customize everything properly), get my smithing up, and then it's off to Solstheim and finally complete Dragonborn, which I've never done (because I got there, and then restarted with what has become my current mod loadout).