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Zach Grether
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Let's just say that I'm a little happier now that I know that the former Ocean Plaza Hotel on Tybee Island is no more. I have a personal affinity towards that hotel because of the ginormous red signage it used to light up the beach at night. In an area that is huge on sea turtle preservation, I found it quite appalling. So this month's calendar is dedicated to the fine folks who bought and run the new HotelTybee. Thank you for tearing down that sign.
This time last year I was standing on the beach in front of the hotel basking in the warm spring breeze excited that I could see the Milky Way from the beach on the east coast. Except I was equally frustrated that with the fact that the pier and water were glowing a radioactive red. I'll be back to capture this view again now that I won't have to worry about spending an hour trying to remove the red with Photoshop.

As usual, feel free to share and definitely click through to find the correct version for your desktop. They have all been sized appropriately to minimize pixel stretching. Enjoy May's flowers!

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+Karen Migliaccio nice to meet you.  Glad you saw some of my work and looked me up.  We love living here!
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About two and a half years ago, I had the revelation that my beginner camera kit didn't have the horsepower I needed to capture the stars like I wanted. So I made the gulp-inducing decision to take what was just a small hobby and turn it up a notch by buying the full frame Canon 5D Mark III. My first real night out included an all-night drive from Phoenix to Albuquerque for work. The route I chose took me through the dark and vast areas of eastern Arizona. Around midnight, I began encroaching on the small town of Show Low, Arizona. I saw a pullout along the side of the road, so I pulled over and got out and started the next phase of my photography career.

As always, click through and find the right size for your desktop. And feel free to share this with your newsfeed. Also, I made a 2:3 ratio version to celebrate my new Surface Pro 3. Maybe there are other owners that could benefit as well.

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Happy New Year! A day late, but I have my reasons.... mostly centered around watching the Big 10 attempt to regain some of its former glory. And succeed mightily.

Anyways, during my most epic of photography road trips a year and a half ago, I was returning to Phoenix by way of the White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona during the tail end of a massive solar storm. Through a series of discussions with fellow Facebookers and Astronomers, it's been deduced that the green colors in this image are most likely caused by intense air glow, and is not aurora. While airglow is quite often seen in landscape astrophotographs, it's not usually the focal point. However I think this night was so incredible that it's deserving of a month of wallpaper.

As always, click through and find the right size for you. And share away!

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Once upon a time I did some landscape astrophotography. I swear I'll get back to it soon now that things are close to being settled. In the meantime, November is fast upon us and today's early winter weather reminded me of one of my first true attempts at light painting. The late night I spent in the Superstitions was typical of mid-February, cool and brisk. I had to get up at 2am to make it to Elephant Arch in time to shoot for a couple of hours before sunrise. As the sun began to encroach on the horizon, I let the camera continue to click away while I played with the flashlight at different angles.

As usual, click through to find the page with the various sizes of images. Everyone has monitors that are sized differently, so I cater to everyone. Feel free to share and please enjoy.

http://www.zgrethphoto.com/Web/Site/Exp/Wallpaper/2014-Calendars/November-2014
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Thanks +Alan Dayley​. Last month's image is definitely one of my favorites, I put a lot of effort into it. What's even cooler about it, Astronaut Reid Wiseman saw it after a friend of a friend forwarded it to him and he tweeted it out from the space station. So I guess you can say it went global!
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This month's calendar wallpaper features the tree line high atop the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, with the burning lights from Payson juxtaposing perfectly with the Milky Way above. Also this month, after many requests, I'm providing an additional version at 2560x1440 resolution. Feel free to share, download, and enjoy!
desktop calendar wallpaper for september 2014, milky way, mogollon rim
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Not a problem!
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The beach erosion on Hunting Island is amazing to see, especially at night. As we come upon the 4th of July weekend here in the states, I'm sure many of you will be descending on popular vacation spots such as this amazing little island. Be safe and have fun!

And to grace your desktops for the next month, click on the link and download the version that best fits. Feel free to share...

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amazing!
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Happy spring everyone, it's starting to get gorgeous down here in the low country. I hope it's starting to get that way where you are...

From the shore of Canyon Lake in Arizona, this was from one of my more successful mornings a few years back. Click through to download the proper size and please share! Enjoy!

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Happy February everyone! The month that brings us cupid, groundhogs, and Super Bowls. For your desktop's pleasure, I bring you one of my favorite camping photos. While up on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona doing some technical rope rescue training for search and rescue, we threw together a campfire and then I pulled the camera out do some nightscape demonstrations. This was one of the results.

As usual, feel free to share and be sure to click through and find the right one for your desktop. It always looks best when it's not stretched because of mis-matched resolutions.

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It's almost time for the holidays so please consider supporting your favorite artists and photographers and purchase some of their work for your walls or the walls of loved ones. I know a ton of brilliant artists and photographers that are clawing out a living doing a job that tends to go unnoticed and especially underappreciated now that everyone is carrying around incredible cell phone cameras. The industry is brutal and making a living isn't easy, but I know that every little sale helps in some way.

Anyways, enough of my sales pitch for my fellow artists. We're closing out 2014 with a late morning shot from Burkes Beach of Hilton Head Island, my new home. I figured it was an appropriate way to end the year.

As usual, click through to find the right size for your desktop. Feel free to share and enjoy the holidays and coming new year!
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It's pretty cool when an astronaut shares your image from space!
@astro_reid Milky Way at 9 p.m is hard to get at 9pm Photo “ISS Fly By to The Milky Way” by Mark Leckington #500px https://500px.com/photo/81070927/iss-fly-by-to-the-milky-way-by-mark-leckington?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=nativeshare&utm_content=web&utm_source=500px … View photo Hide photo ...
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When I first got started in landscape astrophotography, and really photography in general, I had something like this image in my head. I wanted to capture the iconic Weaver's Needle in the Superstition Mountains with a glorious star trail behind it. At the time I didn't really know how to do it, but I looked it up, threw together my hiking pack, and set off up the trail. To prove that I didn't really know what I was doing, I unwittingly chose a full moon to do this under - far from ideal circumstances for seeing the stars.

Anyways, after about 4 miles of hiking, I crested Fremont Saddle and found the perfect perch where I could see the Needle and the lone pine in one shot. I threw down the tripod, set up the intervalometer, and put my feet up for a while. Little did I know, but the International Space Station was going to make an appearance as well. If you know anything about the ISS and trying to capture it, the odds of it showing up when and where you want is never what you want. But on this night, of all nights, it was perfect. And this is how it ended up.
I hope you enjoy the next 31 days of October with this gracing your desktop. Follow the link to find the right size for your screen, and of course, feel free to share.

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+Zach Grether Yes. I love that picture. As a bonus, I travel a lot for my work. That picture is a great way to show off Arizona. It looks great on a big screen. People in Prague loved it. This new one will be the same.
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August's desktop wallpaper brings us back, yet again, to Hunting Island, South Carolina. My night there seemed like it would never end. If you remember two months ago, this same bridge and view was the feature calendar. That was my first stop before I found the parking lot and began hiking in the dark. I wrapped up on the beach and was headed back to the car, but I took a wrong turn on the dark and wooded path and it dropped me back out at the bridge, 1/2 mile in the wrong direction. Oh well, when life gives you lemons, I give you the rising Milky Way. When I was there earlier, it was still below the horizon.

Follow the link to find the the best resolution for your desktop. Feel free to share and enjoy!

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Thanks +Zach Grether Always enjoy your photos. :)
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