Origin of Windows XP’s default wallpaper for which Microsoft paid a handsome amount to photographer Charles O’Rear

The famous Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system’s computer wallpaper is named as Bliss. It is a raw photograph which was untouched by any image editing software. This picture was clicked at Los Carneros American Viticultural Area of California’s Wine Country with blue sky and green hill. This famous photograph was taken by Charles O’Rear which was then send to Corbis in 1996, and Microsoft bought the rights to the picture in 2000.

Charles O’Rear, Former National Geographic photographer took the photo on film with a medium-format Mamiya RZ67 camera. It is claimed as the most viewed photograph in the world during that time


Charles O’Rear

Some of the other photographers tried to recreate the image and included in art exhibitions.

Artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby recreated approximately the same location and in the same angle in November 2006, showing vines covering the area.

Image of the hill in July 2017.

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