The Photograph So Valuable FedEx Wouldn’t Touch It

A big Thank You for Sharing this page - it really does help us :)

Before the days of Photoshop one way photographers obtained strong, vibrant, saturated colors was with their choice of film. FujiChrome was renowned for its ability to turn a good day in to a stunningly bright and cheerful one. It was common to see photographers’ refrigerators full of different types of film stock; each with their own characteristics that would be chosen to suit the assignment. FujiChrome gave strong, saturated colors, Agfa stock could be relied on for its neutrality and Kodak flattered the features of portraiture clients.

One of the most viewed images of all time was taken using FujiChrome by photographer Charles “Chuck” O’Rear. The image was called ‘Bliss‘ and appeared as the default Desktop Wallpaper for Microsoft Windows XP.

In this YouTube video, released by Microsoft, Chuck O’Rear tells the story of how and where Bliss was taken and how it was worth so much money that FedEx wouldn’t transport it to Microsoft. Instead Microsoft paid for Chuck O’Rear to fly it to them personally.

Ansel Adams would often use Louis Pasteur’s saying that “Chance favors the prepared mind“. This is certainly true of Chuck O’Rear: he had his trusted 6 x 7 format camera in this car as he drove past ‘Bliss’. Had the weather been different, had it been a different season and had he not recognized beauty of the scene and been ready to capture the shot – Mr O’Rear would have most probably lost the opportunity to make a large amount of money that day.

To illustrate the point here is a photograph taken at the same location by Simon Goldin. The time of year and weather conditions make this image less salable than the one taken by Chuck O’Rear.

A photograph of the same hill depicted in Bliss. The time of year and weather conditions make this photograph less aestetically pleasing than the Chuck O'Rear image.

Please Share!

If you found this article useful, please share it. Shares help us realize that people like our work and motivate us to write even more great articles like this one!

Your Opinion Matters

We'd love to read what you think about this article. Do you have a comment? Is there something that needs to be added or a fact that's wrong? Please use our Comment box to tell us about it.

Keep Up-to-Date

To have early bird access to our new courses, books and tutorials subscribe to our free newsletter. Don't miss out on our next post — Like our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter or add us to your circle on Google+. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

A big Thank You for Sharing this page - it really does help us :)

3 thoughts on “The Photograph So Valuable FedEx Wouldn’t Touch It”

  1. I’m not that mսch of an online redader to be honest but your site’s really nice, keep іt up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark youг websitе to come back later. Cheers

  2. Hello! WoulԀ you mind if I share youг blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy youг cօntent. Please let me know. Maոy thanks


Leave a Comment