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ATPM 6.09
September 2000


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Desktop Pictures

Mark Montgomery and Konstanz—Part 2

Mark Montgomery’s Desktop Pictures

“A majority of these images were shot with either an Mamiya RB67 medium format with Fuji film (both chrome and negative) or a Pentax 35mm with various lenses (including macro, 25mm, 80mm and 200mm) again using Fuji products on the film end. A couple of them were made with a 1929 Ikoflex (featured in one of the shots), which is a medium format camera my grandfather used in World War II.

“I make images whenever possible, and make part of my living doing so (mostly photographing recording artists in Nashville). I love to make images of nature, to try to capture a moment the viewer can see and feel a part of. I also love to make images of people and situations. One of my favorite photographers is Henri Cartier Bresson (link 1, link 2).

“Give me some feedback; I’d love to hear from you!” —Mark Montgomery

Konstanz—Part 2

These photos by Jens Grabenstein were taken with a Canon EOS 300 using a 28-80mm zoom lens and 200 ASA 35mm Kodak film. Most of the photos were taken in the surroundings of Konstanz, a small town located in the south of Germany, close to the Swiss border. The photos were developed and digitalized using Kodak PhotoCD technology. Re-sampling and re-touching were performed with Adobe Photoshop 5.5.

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

iCab and Interarchy (formerly Anarchie) can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once. In iCab, use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.” In Interarchy, use HTTP Mirror feature.

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, feel free to send it to and we’ll publish it in next month’s issue. Have a regular print but no scanner? Don’t worry. E-mail us, and we tell you where to send it so we can scan it for you. Note that we cannot return the original print, so send us a copy.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS 8.5 and Newer

Go to the “Appearance” control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture…” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

Once you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1

Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures

If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.


An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture,reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.


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Reader Comments (1)

Lila McGrew · July 11, 2001 - 20:22 EST #1
Thanks!!!! I really appreciate having a source for new desk top pictures and your efforts are appreciated.

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