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From vgqn:

Do you have a picture you love as the background on your screen? Post it and tell me why you like it.

macro picture of water droplets on blue spruce leaves

I found this macro photo of water droplets on blue spruce leaves when I was looking for the background for the Plokta 36 cover, "Bad Gifts". It was a happy chance; the original plan was to use a picture of a Christmas tree with baubles as the background, and when I searched on 'Christmas tree' I found the amazing water droplets photos of Flickr user stevewall (and used one of those as the background for my family Christmas card that year, which used exactly the same technique as "Bad Gifts"). I then decided that the water droplets worked really well for the effect I wanted, and searched through a waterdroplets pool to find this image, from bonsaikiptb. It has a cc license which let me use it for Plokta.

I used a standard Aqua background on my previous computers. But the Aqua background doesn't really suit the new iMacs. The Leopard background does (NB: none of this is an accident and Apple are scarily obsessive) but I found the Leopard background had too much colour variation, and was too distracting to use on a computer where I was doing a lot of Photoshop. So I needed something new. I downloaded a variety of nice hi-res widescreen backgrounds but eventually concluded that I liked this photo better. I needed a 1920 x 1200 wallpaper though, so I upsampled. Every so often I notice that the resulting image is slightly soft but overall it works very well for me.

Edit: I realise I haven't actually said why I like it. I love the combination of science and nature in these water droplet photos; they celebrate something glorious in the natural world, but they do it using the wonder of modern photography. So this picture is redolent of science, nature and art. Plus there's a bit of the personal, because I've used this picture to make more art.

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It's indeed a wonderful image. Me, I can never see my backgroun on account of having, let me count 'em...14 windows open at the moment. And a cat in front of the monitor, of course.

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I love that idea in principle (and we're shopping for a new telly at the moment, very slowly, and one of my requirements is that I can use it as an enormous digital photo frame the 99% of the time it's not being used as a telly). But in practice I find that very few of the photos I take are sufficiently non-irritating to use as background wallpaper.

Proof that I am a total geek: I take pictures on purpose to use as backgrounds. Leaves and stones are my favorites.

I use pictures from this gallery of photos I've taken[1] and (on my Macs) set them to change every so often.

On the work box, I don't bother rotating; I've just stuck with this one. On my iPod touch I use a different one for the locked screen wallpaper.

[1] And yes, you're[2] welcome to use any of them you like as your desktop background.

[2] You-plural, not just bohemiancoast.

That is SO WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing it.

I have a gallery of the different fighters I've worked on from the F-104 to the FB-111 plus several of the NATO versions too. The Mac switches them every 15 minutes.

I doubt my current choice will come as much surprise.

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