A Quick Word On Resolution
Here we stand on the cusp of a new era of display technology and as they evolve I realize I must evolve right along with them. The challenge of the moment is compatibility with as many displays as possible while remaining as simplified as possible in my approach to sharing. I know there are some who like having ten different links for many different displays but I find this excessive and a waste of time. As long as I am offering images at resolutions capable of looking good on the higher resolution screens available today the smaller screens are easily able to scale down the images. Over the years I have done my best to upgrade current and future desktop images as needed to match the growing resolutions of displays but lately it feels like I’m trying to shoot a moving target.
There no way of telling what resolutions apple will move to in the future and I just can’t bring myself to start making wallpaper resolutions to reflect screen resolutions that don’t exist outside of aimless rumors and speculation. It’s a tricky spot I am in these days. My plan is to continue to upgrade resolutions as things evolve. I have a few ideas concerning prepping for the future while gathering up full resolution images of every desktop I have released on 50ft in one place but this won’t be implemented until later this year as I continue to make new additions to the site.
I wanted to write today simply to bookmark this date as a divide in posts here on 50ft. From here on full resolution desktop images will be offered at the resolution of the new MacBook Pro’s retina screen of 2880×1800 (until something changes). After a brief bit of testing at an Apple store I am satisfied with the look of current/past resolution images on the new display. While not flawless I feel they still look pretty fantastic on the new display and for now I will simply leave the older images be as they are unless there is a large unrest among readers wanting their favorites at the new resolution. If you have any thoughts on the matter please feel free to email me or leave a comment below. I will continue to do the best I can to support newer devices and resolutions as I always have. I will also be making adjustments to the design of the site to better accommodate these new displays. All in good time.
Further thoughts: After a bit more reading up on the matter I am more informed but equally conflicted and how to proceed. Apple makes the desktop images built into the OS available at a resolution of 3200×2000 which I see as a clear indication that the resolutions of their displays will continue to grow as they expand the pixel dense designs to their other products. This is a wonderful technological growth and only makes sense at this point that things will head in this direction but for me, from a photographers standpoint it’s raising red flags in my mind.
I was always able to justify sharing my photography at the resolution I currently make it available because it is at a resolution that could not be reprocessed physically or used in commercial work without a moderate level of scaling and quality loss. While I love the Creative Commons mentality and fully believe in its values I personally can not make my images available in those terms because I am not simply an amateur snapping photos because I enjoy it. Photography is a huge part of my livelihood and while images in todays world seem disposable to many people there are those who find an honest value to the photography they and others with a like minded dedication and passion create.
If I begin to release images at these resolutions I put myself further at risk in the slippery world of sharing online. A good example of my hesitance happened recently, a design blog that simply farms content from around the web to show off creative ideas or imagery wrote a lovely little article on 50ft and pointed people in this direction but in the last line of the write up the author suggested that people could further enjoy the images found on my site in the form of a physically printed poster by printing them using PrintRunner, a printing company that I have oddly enough used in the past but have no affiliation to at all. For some reason they figured this was ok to suggest.
I have always embraced sharing some of my photographs online in desktop form as a means to spread the love of what I capture and I will of course continue to embrace this method of sharing but I have to take actions to push forward with some of the plans I have had for 50ft a little sooner than I had expected.
Many of Many of you know I have been planning to start up a shop here on the site and currently my plan is to open this up in the fall later this year. Within this shop I will be selling not only printed material but hopefully other fun things as well. Opening it feels like a natural progression for the brand I am slowly building around fiftyfootshadows and I am quite excited to finally start to see ideas feel within reach.My end goal will be to help monetize the work I put into 50ft in an effort to be able to dedicate more time into making it a great resource for original images, commentary, and more.
If you have not noticed, I take pride in my attempts to keep the content here unique in its perspective and approach and within this effort I stray away from posting articles or content designed for mass appeal or heavy linking aka. “link bait”. I will never post anything second hand and any images or content you find here will be directly from its creator. It is my belief that this approach leads to a trust and honesty that I find lacking in much of the web today.
This brings me back to the matter at hand. I have decided that I will most likely begin supplying my desktops at the even higher resolution of 3200×2000 but prior to this I need to put just a little more thought into implementing one of the plans that I have been juggling in my mind for a while now. You can expect an announcement soon with more details, I am excited about the continued growth of the site and I can’t wait to see things fall into place in the near future. Thank you for your patience and, as always for your ongoing support, heres to plenty more great things yet to come.
Update: As you may have noticed, I have still been releasing at my old resolution and this will continue until I have time to get a new system into place for the distribution of higher resolution versions. Thanks for your patience, as always.