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Trio of Friends Set Out to Recreate the macOS Big Sur Wallpaper

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Last year, YouTuber and photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray to recreate all of Apple's default wallpapers included in macOS Catalina.

Photo Credit: Jacob Phillips

Following Apple's unveiling of macOS Big Sur at the WWDC conference in June, they again set out to recreate Apple's newest default wallpaper, with no preparation, within just one week.

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.


After having to deal with thick fog on the first attempt, the team headed out a second time and managed to get the same shot. Check out the original video for some dramatic footage captured on the Big Sur coastline.

Follow the creators on Instagram: Andrew Levitt, Jacob Phillips, and Taylor Gray.

Article Link: Trio of Friends Set Out to Recreate the macOS Big Sur Wallpaper
 

phenste

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The Catalina/general macOS wallpaper recreation was…already a year ago?

Current state of affairs really making time go by way faster than it should.

(note: this is fantastic, as have been all prior ones!)
 
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Solomani

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I really do like the MacOS "Live wallpapers" (the scenery changes with the time of day). Did it start with Catalina?

And surely there is an archive where we can DL more of them!
 
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Sasparilla

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This is great. Loved their video's of creating the prior desktop images before.

That scene where you can see the stars and galaxy rotate by is spectacular (~6:10 or so in) when they do an overnite on Big Sur - really gives a feel of this ball that we're all on rotating. Awesome they were thinking to get it (since its dark there presumably).

The imitator that Fred was talking about is Microsoft with Windows 10 - they started adding changing beautiful landscape desktop images with Windows 10.
 
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kyjaotkb

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I would be more impressed if they re-created the Leopard to Lion wallpapers...
Still, nice and fun project. Props to them.



Last year, YouTuber and photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray to recreate all of Apple's default wallpapers included in macOS Catalina.


Photo Credit: Jacob Phillips

Following Apple's unveiling of macOS Big Sur at the WWDC conference in June, they again set out to recreate Apple's newest default wallpaper, with no preparation, within just one week.

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.


After having to deal with thick fog on the first attempt, the team headed out a second time and managed to get the same shot. Check out the original video for some dramatic footage captured on the Big Sur coastline.

Follow the creators on Instagram: Andrew Levitt, Jacob Phillips, and Taylor Gray.

Article Link: Trio of Friends Set Out to Recreate the macOS Big Sur Wallpaper
 
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adamw

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Always good to see a photography article relating to Apple and Macs. Nice background information.
 
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billyok

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Exactly. Got nothing more productive to do I guess.

Imagine measuring your life's value, and the value of all things and experiences, in productivity. Yikes. Feel bad for you!

Nowadays, everyone is a youtuber, blogger, with SLR camera, helicopters and drones.
When I was in their age, i used to walk in the forest with my dog...

Maybe you should have made different choices if three friends having fun recreating a photo leaves you this bitter.
 
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