Photographer reveals the secret of the Windows XP desktop image

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Charles O'Rear is the photographer who took Bliss, the image that became the desktop of every single Windows XP computer in the world. Billions saw it and probably think the photo is so perfect and colorful that it is computer generated—or at least Photoshopped. O'Rear reveals the origin of the photo in this video.

So there you have it. The secret to such perfection was just a perfect hill on the perfect time of the year with a perfect sky combined with some color Fuji Film inside the legendary Mamiya RZ67 camera sitting on top of a tripod. No retouching. No computer generated anything. Just one amazing photo with a punching color combination. He thinks that if he had made the photo with a 35mm SLR it wouldn't have been the same.


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Jesus, this isn't really a secret, it's not hard to read up about it on the Wikipedia page -…

Definitely for a long time I thought it was fake, either Photoshopped heavily or CGI, wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered it was real.

I think that, considering it's real, it's kind of an ugly photo. I like it though and think it's cool to think that you can take such a photo, but at the same time I think it's ugly for a real image, it's over-saturated.

Now what I want answered is why the video didn't start with the Windows XP startup sound? I was honestly shocked to not hear that. And is that a real piano?