- 7 Jun 2011
A picture of a lush green hill, called â€œBliss,â€ is one of the most recognizable images in the world thanks to its place as the Windows XP default wallpaper â€” but where did it come from?
Turns out itâ€™s a real scene, not a CG image. It was taken in Sonoma County, CA, circa 1996 by photographer Charles Oâ€™Rear.
Oâ€™Rear is not allowed to disclose how much Microsoft paid him for Biiss, but he says the payday was the second highest for a living photographer, behind a guy who sold a photo of Bill Clinton hugging Monica Lewinsky.
As for the location, itâ€™s now a vineyard, which you can see in an updated photo after the jump. Google Maps also provides a 360-degree view of the area:
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source: Behind the Photo of the Day - TDW Geeks
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