What a long way we’ve come from the days of flying toasters! Now instead of using a prefab screensaver or lock screen, it’s easy to create one of your own – one that has a special meaning for you.
My husband is a talented amateur photographer, specializing in nature photos. He didn’t have confidence in himself, however, and I wanted to do something that would let him know how much I appreciate his talent and how much I love the results.
When he started taking photos I had assisted by cropping and color-correcting them. But after he stopped using his camera phone and got a small, inexpensive, but fairly good quality digital camera, the most his photos needed was a tiny tweak or crop. There was nothing else I could do to the photos that would improve them.
Without telling him, I arranged a dozen or so of his photos into a slideshow with Ken Burns dissolves and used that as my screensaver. Then I invited him into my study and made conversation until the screensaver
kicked in. “Hey!” he said, “Those are my photos!” He was really touched that I had liked them enough to use them.
Later that year I selected a number of the photos and had them made into a calendar as a surprise for him and Christmas gifts for our friends and family. It was my way of showing how much I thought of his photography and how much I love him. I don’t think I will ever find a better screensaver, though I may add slides to it as he continues to snap his way through nature.
Photos by Dan Reily