Last year I wrote a post about the work of Stepahnie Horstmanshof and the team behind the Bing home page images. Stephanie and Kristin Dean recently spoke at the PSFK conference in San Francisco about their work. It’s a pretty fascinating insight in to the history of the home page image, the selection process and people’s reaction to images over time.
The pair talk about the introduction of video home pages, panoramic images and included a competition for the audience to select one of 3 images that would appear as the homepage on November 9th. This little chap was the winning image.
In related news, Mashable has a great post last week highlighting Bing's 10 Most Favorited Bing Homepage Images of the Year. Of those, I love this shot of the Serpentine lake and Hyde Park in London, England
You should start changing from panoramic pictures to more artistic pictures, and if panoramic pictures are displayed make sure that you select from very famous places unless they are from places that worth to know by history.
I have to say, I totally disagree with Jaime's comment. The panoramic pictures are just wonderful, and I have seen beautiful places that hardly knew existed, like the one you recently displayed from North-Eastern Ethiopia. I'm tired of seeing pictures of Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, or the Sydney Opera. Bing's Home Page images have opened the world even more.
I like the images, as an aspiring photographer it would be really nice to see the details of the image and some notes on how it was shot - camera, settings, lighting, etc.