However, have you ever seen a sky that blue? This desktop works well too. Moon flower Anyone who could keep this as their desktop wallpaper for more than a few minutes is blind or crazy. He stopped his car and shot the scene with his medium-format camera. They offered O'Rear what he says is the second-largest payment ever made to a photographer for a single image; however, he signed a and cannot disclose the exact amount. He stopped somewhere near the — county line and pulled off the road to set his camera on a tripod, choosing 's , a film often used among nature photographers and known to saturate some colors. Friend My wife loves this one. I think every single girl in my dorm had this as their background.
Several years later, Microsoft engineers chose a version of the image and licensed it from O'Rear. It was later exhibited at 300m³ in. We got him as a rescue 6 months old in August 1999 so I guess just too late for the photo to be him. I even back in 2011 around the time I wrote this article. Follow Enter: college freshman girls. He sold it to for use as a. Over the next decade it was claimed to be the most viewed photograph in the world during that time.
My God, the grass is perfect! In 2012, David Clark of the British magazine commented on Bliss's qualities. Thank you so much for posting these! Cori My favorite was always Home. Some guesses have included locations in France, England, Switzerland, the region of New Zealand, and southeastern. He was particularly alert for a photo opportunity that day, since a storm had just passed over and other recent winter rains had left the area especially green. Autumn I love this photo. While it was widely believed later that the image was or even created with software such as , O'Rear says it never was.
It almost hurts to look at. The grass is now getting a brilliant green. A Vanity Fair writer even went on a year-long quest to track down exactly where it was taken. This one does a decent job at that. In November 2006, visited the site in Sonoma Valley where the Bliss image was taken, re-photographing the same view now full of pictured.
Archived from on December 1, 2011. Since it was not pertinent to the wine-country book, O'Rear made it available through as a , available for use by any interested party willing to pay an appropriate licensing fee. Although the company had never told O'Rear or anyone else, Clark thought he could guess. He was working with Irwin on a book about the wine country. I grew up in New Mexico, and it reminds me of the houses I loved best. If memory serves, this image was the default wallpaper.
Driving along the Sonoma Highway and he saw the hill, free of the that normally covered the area; they had been pulled out a few years earlier following a infestation. But what's even more captivating than the story of how the photo became the Windows default is what the spot looks like now: Get the latest Microsoft stock price. It's a blue sky with a few clouds on it. If you are Ansel Adams and you take a particular picture of Half Dome and want the light a certain way, you manipulate the light. In 2000, Microsoft called to see if they could use his picture for its new operating system. As a background image, the photo is effective. The storms are still coming through with rain and clouds.
Although O'Rear had not manipulated the image in any way, the company has admitted to cropping his original image slightly to the left in order to better fit the desktop and making the greens stronger. Mostly-blue backgrounds are becoming a theme. Like Autumn above, this one places its dark shadow strip strategically in the left-side icon stack area. Other than the obviously distracting center, this wallpaper holds up well. He was called Welly because he was shiny black just like a wellington boot. He says the image was completely untouched when he uploaded it to Corbis, a stock photo site founded by Bill Gates.
As a wallpaper, this image does fairly well. It has too many colors in the main icon stack area for me. I just happened to be there at the right moment and documented it. Now people come to photograph the same spot, creating seasonal updates of the iconic image, but countless unwittingly drive by the idyllic scene everyday, possibly even on their way to computers adorned by the very hill pocked with wildflowers. . According to O'Rear, the image was not digitally enhanced or manipulated in any way. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site.