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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

#Photography: The Most Viewed Photo In The World

Believe it or not, the world's most viewed photograph was created on a whim.

May very well not recognize the image by its name, “Bliss,” but you will know it whenever you see it. Viewed by over a thousand people since it absolutely was Windows XP's default desktop image, “Bliss” has always been the main topic of speculation as numerous doubted that this type of “perfect” hillside could exist beyond Photoshop.

With Microsoft's abandonment of Windows XP came another announcement: not just was the “Bliss” photograph a genuine location in California, but it was also created by Charles O'Rear on a Mamiya RZ67 medium format camera and he hadn't altered it in the least. In homage to O'Rear's legacy, Microsoft created this video revealing the story behind that iconic hillside:

January 1996 found O'Rear driving through the Californian countryside en route to go to his girlfriend (now wife) soon after a storm. Somewhere along that winding country road, he noticed a spectacularly green hillside begging to be photographed. He obliged, pulling over and creating his camera whilst the clouds rolled in. He created four frames that day and then packed away his gear and continued his drive, concluding, “I genuinely believe that was pretty nice.”

Listen to his story on YouTube

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