For the past month or so, I've noticed that whenever I attempt to upload the amateurish photographs that help illustrate my posts to Blogger, something rather odd happens. Not so noticeable perhaps at first glance, but when one expands the images to their full capacity, they become rather blurry.
I was beginning to wonder if I should pay a visit to my ophthalmologist. It then crossed my mind that my trusty little camera might have packed it all in and demanded its retirement. Prodding further into this sorry state of affairs, having already wasted several frustrating hours fiddling with settings I didn't even know existed, I came to the realization that both my camera and my spectacles were performing as expected. There was only one thing left to do and that was to throw myself down the rabbit hole that is Google and figure out exactly what it was that was causing my crisply detailed images to become a blur.
The answer, as it turns out, is that Blogger has deemed it appropriate to degrade the quality of my carefully shot images and publish them at a mere fraction of their original size and quality. My hands were tied. I had absolutely no control of how my images were published. To anyone who cares about such things, you can only imagine the frustration this has caused.
I've finally discovered a hack to restore my previous month's foggy image postings to their maximum effect; a pain to be sure, but a step I shall have to endure for all future published photographs. I have now applied the hack to each and every photograph of the last four postings.
Below is an example of what it is I'm talking about (don't forget to stretch/expand the images for full effect):
A degraded image of an Iris I included in a recent post
Photo: Chronica Domus
The higher quality original image - with hack applied - insuring it is published the way it was meant to be seen
Photo: Chronica Domus
Please bear with me while I work out a better solution to this time-consuming "trick". I shall resume my regularly scheduled postings within a few days but wanted to keep you all abreast of the goings on behind Chronica Domus.