How my photo of a Lighthouse ended up in Windows 7

10 Responses

  1. Pradeep says:

    Cool story there Tom. Very nice to see the inside story of this photo and what it took to get to Windows 7 !

  2. Very interesting, and what a claim to fame!

  3. Jason Mork says:

    Charming story. Right place and right time. Nice.

  4. George Lopez says:

    Hey Tom, I’ve been looking at that pic for a couple of years and wondering where it was taken. I guessed it was either north-east US or Scandinavia somewhere.
    I got the direction and the continent right at least.
    Thanks for the story.

  5. Darcy S says:

    Very interesting! This story answered my question about where in the world this lighthouse sits. I was thinking it had to be Canada. I love lighthouses and I love this photo. It’s great to know where it sits and who took such a great photo. The photo brings calm to my day as I stare at it on one monitor while working on the other or as I stare at it while on a stressful legal call. It would be nice to visit it and now I know that I can someday since Canada’s in reach. Thank you! P.S. I love Seattle — it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit. Photogenic? I agree!

  6. Brent H says:

    Hey Tom! Thanks for visiting our Lighthouse. We live in Ucluelet and about a two years ago he said… ‘Hey Dad did you notice the Lighthouse in Windows 7 is our Ucluelet Lighthouse!!” … sure enough we just found your article. Well done! Let us know when you are coming back and we’ll get you to redo the photo for Tourism Ucluelet

  7. Jackie C says:

    We’re so glad you came to see our lighthouse! We’re very proud of the Wild Pacific Trail that wanders around town – and our centenarian lighthouse! Come see us again soon!

  8. Srinivas Balla says:

    Tom, Great Pictures. Can I use your picture in one of my website and I will definitely credit your name to it?

  9. Roy Tanck says:

    Thanks for writing this post, it confirmed my suspicion. I was recently developing some software, and used Windows 7’s sample images and a few of my own vacation photos from this summer for testing. Took me a while to realize that “your” lighthouse was the same one as “mine” ( :).

    Great pic, although I prefer your original crop.

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