If you’re after some truly stunning and unique images to use as iPad wallpapers, then you’re going to want to take a look at Trey Ratcliff’s Wallpaper Menagerie.
Ratclif is a world-renowned travel photographer. He runs the immensely popular travel photography blog, stuckinicustoms.com, and one of his photos is the first ever HDR photo to hang in the Smithstonian. He’s famous not just for his incredible photography but also for his tutorials and knowledge sharing.
And his Wallpaper Menagerie app is full of amazing photos for use as iPad wallpapers. This is definitely an iPad wallpapers app that is all about quality not quantity. You get 17 images free with the app, 10 of them in the Starter Pack and 7 more in a pack called Beautiful Landscapes. The starter pack is included in the app and the Beautiful Landscapes pack can be downloaded for free within the app.
Beyond the free images, there are a further nine packs (with 7 images each) that can be bought via In-App purchase for 99 cents each. There’s a descriptive title and short sentence describing each of the additional packs, but you cannot preview them (for obvious reasons I imagine).
I snapped up three of these very quickly – Beyond the Beyond, Amazing Light on Earth, and The Extremes of Light – and I’m sure I’ll end up getting more soon.
The vast majority of the images in the app are landscapes and places shots – all of them are incredibly good and many of them capture one-of-a-kind moments and scenes.
Each image has a fun title, and a description / backstory covering where and how it was taken that you can toggle to make visible / hidden with one tap.
Here are just a few of the images that I’ve saved to use as walls already from the app:
The End of the World (taken in Argentina near the border of Chile) …
The Solstice Horse …
The Simplicity of Life …
The Open Road in Iceland …
And of course the image used at the top of this post is my current favorite. It’s titled ‘The Fourth on Lake Austin’ and was shot in my beautiful hometown, Austin, Texas. It’s also Ratcliff’s hometown.
The app also has a Videos section with cool behind the scenes and tips and tutorials videos – including a free HDR tutorial.
Here’s an App Store link for Trey Ratcliff’s Wallpaper Menagerie; it’s priced at $0.99.
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