The new version of macOS, Catalina, includes a "dynamic" desktop background featuring photos of Catalina Island throughout various times in the day.

Here's two of the eight different images:

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You can see all eight images here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BBjFJoOZ6UWPGs_4vlWiJGR9yCqNu2pb

My question is how did they do this logistically? Obviously it's a drone shot, but getting eight drone shots taken over the ocean to align so precisely seems an incredible undertaking. Looking at the high-res versions above, it looks like they might have used a mix of digital manipulation and original shot, but it still seems like an incredible undertaking!

Thanks for helping me understand how this could have been achieved so seamlessly.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if these weren't even real images at all, but rather CGI rendered graphics based on a 3D model gained by measuring the location in question. – Michael C Nov 25 '19 at 23:27
  • @MichaelC If you look at the high-res versions you can see it's not CGI (or if it's CGI, it's done a such an unbelievably high level that it probably would have been cheaper to shoot it real). I believe you can also see what might be Photoshop touches, too, but I'm not 100% sure. – Monk Nov 26 '19 at 16:45
  • @Monk What is to prevent using PS on CGI graphics? – Michael C Nov 26 '19 at 19:42
  • @MichaelC Nothing, but if you have complete control over the image, and you're going to the lengths you're suggesting, rendering things in unbelievable detail, then when why mar that with a Photoshop touch up? – Monk Nov 27 '19 at 15:10
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    2, 3 and 4 in your link are then same photo with some photoshopping of lighting and water. – damned truths Nov 29 '19 at 3:09

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