Apple Studio Display Desktops

Several years ago, after I purchased my first Apple Cinema display, I published a series of photos sized to be used as desktop images (or wallpaper, if you prefer). At the time, they were also published by ResExcellence (the old Michael Coyle site, not the current one) and written up in The Mac Observer back in 2005. The resolution of the photos ranged from 1280 x 800 to 1920 x 1200, and in a third series to 2560 x 1600. In 2012, I also published a series of black-and-white desktop images, and in 2014, after I got my first Retina-display MacBook Pro, a few photos in a resolution of 2880 x 1800 (links to all these collections may be found in the index on the left).

When I started using a 27-inch iMac with Retina display, I made a whole collection of desktop photos for my own use at a resolution of 5120 x 2880, but I never published any of them until now. What prompted me to do so is that on March 8, 2022, Apple announced a new 27-inch Studio Display. It replaces the LG UltraFine 5K Display previously sold by Apple. These displays, along with the many 27-inch Retina iMacs out there, have the exact same resolution and are practically the only 5K displays in use today. The desktop images on this page are made for them.

Photos 3, and 7 are taken from much larger panoramas (typically 12 to 16 vertical photos stitched together); all others are single images. Exposure information is provided for every photo; all focal lengths are given in 35mm equivalent values. Clicking on any picture will cause the corresponding desktop photo to be downloaded in .zip format (to prevent the browser from merely displaying it). I hope you enjoy this collection of 5K desktops which you are free to use for non-commercial purposes.

Click on any image to download the full size (5120 x 2880 pixel) version or download the whole collection here (66.6 megabytes)


View from Thunder Hill Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway

1. View from Thunder Hill Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States (October 2015)  ●  Nikon D750, 35mm, ISO 100, 1/160, ƒ/8


Tourrettes-sur-Loup

2. Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, France (November 2017)  ●  Nikon D750, 68mm, ISO 100, 1/400, ƒ/8


View from Rainbow Point

3. View from Rainbow Point
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States (October 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 35mm, ISO 140, 1/400, ƒ/8


Château d'If and Notre Dame de la Garde seen from Frioul harbor

4. Château d'If and Notre Dame de la Garde seen from Frioul harbor
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (April 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 200mm, ISO 100, 1/800, ƒ8


Seashore near Giant's Causeway

5. Seashore near Giant's Causeway
Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland, UK (September 2019)  ●  Fujifilm X-T30, 27mm, ISO 320, 1/600, ƒ/8


The Fountain at Forsyth Par

6. The Fountain at Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia, United States (May 2017)  ●  Nikon D750, 78mm, ISO 800, 1/320, ƒ/8


View over Montreal from Mont Royal

7. View over Montreal from Mont Royal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (October 2018)  ●  Nikon D750, 50mm, ISO 100, 1/500, ƒ/8


Evening light in Moab

8. Evening light in Moab
Moab, Utah, United States (October 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 300mm, ISO 800, 1/320, ƒ/9


Bodie Island Lighthouse

9. Bodie Island Lighthouse
Nags Head, North Carolina, United States (April 2021)  ●  Fujifilm X-T30, 36mm, ISO 160, 1/340, ƒ/8, Exp. Comp. +⅔


The medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough

10. The medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough
Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland (August 2018)  ●  Nikon D750, 44mm, ISO 100, 1/250, ƒ/7.1


Heading towards Marseille's old harbor

11. Heading towards Marseille's old harbor
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (April 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 135mm, ISO 100, 1/500, ƒ/8


On the Arles-to-Bouc canal in the Camargue

12. On the Arles-to-Bouc canal in the Camargue
Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (May 2018)  ●  Nikon D750, 20mm, ISO 100, 1/500, ƒ/8


The Pacific Ocean seen from Makapu'u Lookout

13. The Pacific Ocean seen from Makapu'u Lookout
Waimanalo, Hawaii, United States (March 2020)  ●  Fujifilm X-T30, 15mm, ISO 320, 1/320, ƒ/8


L'Île d'Or in stormy weather and sinister light

14. L'Île d'Or in stormy weather and sinister light
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France (March 2017)  ●  Nikon D750, 55mm, ISO 100, 1/640, ƒ/7.1


Lime Kiln Lighthouse

15. Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States (April 2019)  ●  Nikon D750, 62mm, ISO 100, 1/500, ƒ/8


Sunset Cruise View

16. Sunset Cruise View
Off Honolulu, Hawaii, Uniteds States (October 2021)  ●  Fujifilm X-T30, 83mm, ISO 160, 1/120, ƒ/8




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