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Holiday Guestop 2013

Is it that time of the year already! Last year I managed to have this great idea for a fun holiday wallpaper but this year I was unable to figure out where I could get ahold of the prop I wanted to use for it and sadly, the time grew closer and closer and I knew I would not be able to come up with anything fresh. So, whats the second best thing I could do? Why look to you guys for help, of course. After taking to Twitter looking for help I came up with four bokehfull images, just in time for the holiday. I would love to find time to more often feature guest desktops here on 50ft and hopefully in the new year I will find that time to kick long standing idea back into gear. For now though I will get right to it, to the wallpapers!

The image seen above was donated to us by the always curious Fabian Gehweiler, who is no stranger to these pages and if I remember correctly, has been following along since my days with twistedsun.net! The image is titled ‘Weihnachtskitsch’ and in his words you are looking at, “A detail capture of a Christmas tree from the Christmas fair at the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.” I remember seeing him first share this beautiful photo bursting with color online and was envious of the crazy Russian lens he used to take it, the Helios-44. You can find more of his amazing work over on his Flickr page here.


This image was found by chance while following a conversation on Twitter. After seeing it on his profile header I immediately knew it would make for a beautifully minimal holiday desktop. I love the somber color and tone of the image and the way it clashes with the usually cheery Christmas lights. Photographed by Chancellor Monnette and simply titled ‘Faint’ and he mentioned to me via out email correspondence, “I was at an event we put together for our students in my church’s youth group.” It takes a watchful eye to capture delicate moments such as this and I hope to see more from him in the future. You can find more of his work here.


Next up we have NYC dweller Joel Zimmer who I was fortunate enough to meet up with and have a coffee the last time I was in the city. He takes full advantage of his life there and always seems to have his camera out and about with him and posts new photos nearly every day to his Tumblr feed which you can follow along with here. This photo was shot in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Ready And Waiting

Last, but clearly not least, we have this slice of my own life from my wife YoungDoo who’s talent behind the camera constantly has me questioning my own ability. If your not following along with her daily photo blog I highly suggest you head over and browse for a while. Now that I think about it, it’s sort of a backdoor view into my own life as well as she documents her crafty endeavors, delicious cooking, and adventures we go on together from day to day. She shot this while we were decorating our tree this year. I also recommend you have a look through her personal site which houses her beautiful design and photography portfolio here.

That’s that for this year’s holiday wallpapers, I hope you guys enjoy the guest images as much as I enjoyed discovering them myself! We will have to do this again sometime for sure.


  1. Justin - December 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

    So glad to have this collection. Will be rocking these wallpapers for the rest of the year :) Thanks John!

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