Thursday, September 3, 2020

Recreating the Big Sur Desktop Picture

Tim Hardwick:

The task was even more challenging this time, however, as the default macOS Big Sur wallpaper showcases the dramatic rugged mountainous area of California’s Central Coast region from an elevated vantage point 4,000 feet over the ocean.

After doing some research, Levitt and his friends found out that a drone wouldn’t be able to get the shot, and regardless, flying drones off the coast of Big Sur is against the law. So the team got in touch with a helicopter pilot, who coincidentally turned out to be the same pilot that flew out Apple’s own photographer to get the original shot.

Matt Birchler:

Above is my recreation of the macOS Catalina wallpaper taken in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

And here’s a few versions of the Big Sur wallpaper.

Grayson Blackmon:

Check out the side-by-side re-creations below]…]


Update (2020-09-08): Matt Birchler:

I wanted to make a video that showed exactly how it's done so other people can be inspired to go out and get the rest of them.

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Sadly nobody ever heard again from the photographer who recreated the Snow Leopard desktop.

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