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Apple (right) / Taylor Gray (left)
The landmarks are instantly recognizable, but some of the exact locations where the Apple macOS wallpaper photos were taken weren't so obvious.
The photos are incredibly accurate, and the photographer even lets you download high resolution versions of the photos to use as your own wallpaper.
A group of friends from California set out to take photos that exactly replicate Apple's iconic California-based macOS wallpapers, and they nailed almost every wallpaper, except maybe the dunes of the Mojave desert and the waves at Mavericks.
The group consisted of YouTuber Andrew Levitt, landscape photographer Taylor Gray, and videographer Jacob Phillips and their journey took them to the Mojave Desert, Yosemite, El Capitan, and the Sierra mountains.
The friends documented the experience in a YouTube video. "I can't tell you how many hours I've spent working at my computer, seeing these pictures and daydreaming about experiencing these places for myself," Levitt said in the video. "Conveniently, they're all within a day's drive away from me, which sparked an idea for an epic road trip."
Gray made the photos from the trip available to freely download, which you can find here.
Check out and judge for yourself whether the group did justice to Apple's California-based macOS wallpapers:
Here's Apple's official default wallpaper for macOS Yosemite.
And here's the Yosemite photo taken by Levitt and his friends. It's almost identical, save for some clouds and probably Apple's own photoshopping.
This is Apple's default macOS El Capitan wallpaper.
The group seem to have nailed the location and shot, except for the weather.
Here's Apple's default wallpaper for macOS Sierra.
And here's Levitt and company's version. It looks like the original was taken in a different season, however.
This is Apple's default wallpaper for macOS High Sierra.
Which the group captured almost exactly, except for the time of year.
Here's the macOS Mojave default wallpaper.
Apple's macOS Mojave wallpaper proved harder for the group to capture exactly, seeing as dunes constantly shift.
And finally, there's the default wallpaper from OS X Mavericks.
But it didn't quite go to plan for the guys...
Checkout out Levitt's video below that shows you how the group captured each shot.