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It's official - I'm now hosting all my new (and newly-curated) photography over at Google Poz. Just because it's so much easier - they get synced with my Picasa albums automagically, which is already the tool I've been using to manage photos for years. For a while I chafed at the lack of presentation options, the unreadable URLs, and their grabby approach to content (I haven't found a way to embed a G+ hosted photo in an LJ entry, for example) but I decided that in the long run I just don't give a damn. I'm too lazy to do all the tedious file-shuffling I did before, and this lets me get out more photos than I can otherwise.

COME TO THE DARK SIDE, WE HAVE COOKIES.

A couple recent albums of note:

Frolicking Ranch Puppies

Montgomery Woods and Rob's Garden

There are about 20 public albums under my profile that you don't have to be a member of G+ to see. On some pages you have to click on a "Show All" link to see the whole set.

Let me know if you have any trouble finding or viewing these.

Long-form writing and occasional links to G+ albums will continue appearing here for the forseeable future.

Date: 2013-04-08 05:53 pm (UTC)
ext_173199: (CyberBear)
From: [identity profile] furr-a-bruin.livejournal.com
I post photos from my G+ account all the time now. I click on the photo in G+ to bring up that black-backgrounded viewing mode, and then just right click on the photo and copy the image URL. Might be cumbersome if you have a LOT of photos to get links for, but it does work. Note my recent post about the AFL doctor with the massive moustache; that photo's hosted over on G+ and linked in to my LiveJournal.

Date: 2013-04-08 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snousle.livejournal.com
Hm, interesting, when I tried that a while back I got disagreeable results, and now I get agreeable results. Not sure exactly what went wrong earlier but one of my concerns was that the URL did not seem persistent and would tend to stop working at some point in the future. Maybe that's no longer the case.

Earlier, I was making "albums" by resizing all the photos, moving them to a Dropbox folder, and running a simple script that turned a directory listing into a set of img src tags. That was a bit tedious but at least it was done "in bulk", while having to copy individual URLs from Google is less agreeable in that sense. I think I will probably end up hosting albums at G+ and just calling out a few individual photos here.

I am wondering how much data is "really" being downloaded by viewers when I embed a G+ hosted photo here... it does seem that somewhere along the line from my hard disk to a Picasa album to G+ to LJ it is magically getting scaled from about 3MB in the original file to about 280 KB once it appears in an LJ post. Not sure where that is happening!

Thanks for the tip, anyway. I'm going to post a test photo to see how it looks to others.

Date: 2013-04-08 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snousle.livejournal.com
Also worth noting - when I edit a picture in Picasa and it's in a synced web album, the URL you get from G+ using your method is different before and after the edit. The earlier URL gets you the earlier version of the photo, the later URL gets you the later version of the photo. So changes do not propagate to LJ unless you update the URL in the entry.

Not sure if that is good or bad! But G+ is keeping previous versions of photos, which is interesting...

Date: 2013-04-08 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adminbear.livejournal.com
It's interesting that you put these postings up about pictures just now. I bought myself a Canon EOS Rebel T4i over the weekend. Now all I have to do is figure out how to take pictures with it. :-P

Date: 2013-04-08 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snousle.livejournal.com
I'm now up to about 50,000 shots. Picasa is a godsend. I like it a lot.

Date: 2013-04-09 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barbarian-rat.livejournal.com
It all worked well. I could see the albums and maneuver around them.

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