The story behind the worlds most viewed picture in the world
This is the famous wallpaper default Windows XP, the OS with the highest circulation of the planet. This is basically a picture taken from life almost Campaign Napa Valley, California, now a vineyard.
Photographer Charles O’Rear, traveling in the area, stopped at the roadside to photograph the beauty of the region. As a professional photographer (Los Angeles Star, National Geographic, now specializes in photos of wine), he filed these images from Corbis , until his agent told him Microsoft’s intentions.
For this beautiful but banal image is chosen for these qualities by the Microsoft team, then being developed Windows XP. We will never know its price, the only indication being that the amount paid is the second highest in history for a license photo. Not bad for a landscape almost caught live!
“I was quite the road between San Francisco and Napa Valley, between 2002 and 2003 (to visit his future wife). But the grass is green so bright in January that I jumped in my car, took some pictures before heading back. (…) I had no idea such a thing to arrive, when taking the picture. This is probably the most recognizable photograph in the world (…) “