Playing Favorites

Alright, the time has come and I have decided to make an iOS 7 Parallax wallpaper pack. Trouble is, the past couple of weeks have proven themselves all too full of work so I have had a limited time to kick off the process of collecting older images and cropping them again. I have also not fully settled on the cropping size. Apples own wallpapers seem to be set to a very specific size but part of me wonders if they are cut too close after a small amount of internal testing. So I either go with what Apple has chosen (744×1392) or go with a more broad approach (adding 200px padding on all sides 1040×1536) that may end up appealing to a wider set of mobile users anyway. Some of you guys are really picky about this topic so here is your chance to join in and let me know your opinion should you have one.

Many of you are clever about it and are just using the iPad versions on their phones and choosing where the phone crops the images. The lines are heavily blurred now as far as getting a clean, specific to the device crop because of the padding needed around the edges for this effect as well as the gentle zooming that occurs when you enter a folder. I am more inclined to rest on the side of caution and use the more broad resolution.

At any rate, the real reason I am writing today is to give everyone fair opportunity to tell me your personal favorite images here on 50ft so I can try and get your favorites into the newest wallpaper pack. While I will not be able to make EVERYONE happy I will do my best, as I always do, to narrow the selection down to well rounded set of images both old and new for you to dig through and enjoy. I will of course keep the clean aesthetic of iOS 7 in mind when I choose images. Please, use the comments below to leave any requests or comments on resolution choice.

I will most likely have two sets, one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. I hope to get them up within the next week. Sorry to keep everyone waiting but I think making sure I get it right the first time is going to be best for everyone.

Either leave the file name or better yet, a link to the post where your favorite was originally posted, thanks!.


  1. Nick - September 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Go with the 200 px padding, I don’t feel the apple one have enough parallax to be worthwhile. I’ve seen a few others discussing this and they seem to prefer 200 px

  2. Carson - September 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have done some of my own testing as well and while Apple seems to have a set size, using the extra 200px seems to keep the image a bit sharper when the OS zooms the wallpaper when folders are open.

  3. Taylor - September 24, 2013 at 11:47 am


    Definitely one of my favorites

  4. Austin White - September 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Still my favorites are Cafe Noir and 55 MM ! Looking forward to seeing what you create

  5. Tulio Jarocki - September 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    These two Yesterday Was Only shots are amazing. I already tested them on iOS7 and the look amazing as wallpapers.


  6. Alex - September 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    https://fiftyfootshadows.net/2013/01/27/hindsight/ — hands down.

  7. Alex - September 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I use this one since upgrading to ios7 – looks great https://fiftyfootshadows.net/2013/07/26/now-spinning/

  8. Levi Breederland - September 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Any of your vinyl record shots will do

  9. asc - September 25, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Summer Berries! https://fiftyfootshadows.net/2013/06/28/summer-berries/

    And if you want, Ice Cream, though it’s kinda similar

    Finally, the choices in your iPhone 5 pack were good; so don’t be afraid to pull from there.


  10. Eric - September 25, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Just discovered this on YWO. Absolutely love it!


    I’d be thrilled if it made the cut. You’re amazing, keep up the great work.


  11. Julia - September 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Was looking through your Yesterday Was Only photos. This one is my absolute favourite out of all of them:


    And this one is a close second:


    Your Blue Christmas photos are amazing too.

    Hope these photos will be on your new iOS 7 Parallax wallpaper pack. Looking forward to it


  12. Victoria - September 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I second Hindsight – love that shot!


  13. Johan - September 26, 2013 at 4:01 am

    All those are amazing and I would love these as desktops:


  14. Eva - September 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Ambiance – it’s currently my iPhone (used the iPad version and cropped it, yes!) and desktop background … because I’m neurotic and like them to match.


    Your photography is gorgeous.

  15. Stefano - September 27, 2013 at 3:55 am

    I would love these as iOS 7 wallpaper:


  16. Alexander - September 30, 2013 at 10:18 am


    This has been my favorite for a couple of years. Thanks!

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