Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blogger image backgrounds and those rings

click photo to enlarge
Many people have increasing concerns about the power, reach and intrusiveness of Google. Blogger is owned by Google and is one of their many free offerings. From the time I started using it in 2005 there has been the facility to add advertisements to a Blogger blog and for the blogger to make money (usually very small amounts) from so doing. The Google word for this is "monetize", a horrible construction. I've never had the desire or need to do so, and this blog is advertisement-free, a situation I don't foresee changing. Of course part of this process involves Google making quite a bit of money from the advertisements, based on key-words, that are placed in the blog. Consequently I suppose that by not using advertisements I'm taking advantage of Google's benevolence. But, they don't seem to mind so neither do I.

I do wonder, however, if Google has its ear closer to the ground than even the conspiracy theorists imagine. In the Comments of a very recent post there was an exchange of views concerning the effect of the white background that accompanied the enlarged view of a photograph. On some subjects it doesn't work very well, is overpowering, and is at odds with the black background of the blog pages. Well, quite soon after that date the background to enlarged photos was changed to black. Were Google listening in, or was it one of the planned incremental changes that are regularly rolled out? Whatever the reason - and it hasn't been trumpeted anywhere by Google that I've noticed - I like it. And, at the risk of pushing my luck I'd like to suggest that it be retrospectively applied to older posts too.

All of which has nothing to do with today's photograph of abseiling workmen on Tower Bridge in London. I spotted them as we walked past the other day. They appeared to be doing something electrical, perhaps installing the enhanced lighting that will illuminate it during the Olympics. I read that, in addition, a set of large, illuminated Olympic rings will hang from the bridge during the Games. When I first heard of this proposal I tried to imagine a worse combination of the insensitive and the tawdry. But I couldn't.

photograph and text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Canon
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 300mm (plus crop)
F No: f7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
ISO: 1000
Exposure Compensation:  -0.33 EV
Image Stabilisation: On


Anonymous said...

Tony, can't quite see what you mean. Just viewed all main blog enlarged pics back to the one of debate re white backgrounds. They all still have white backgrounds or have been changed back - at least on my machine?


Tony Boughen said...

Interesting. I have an enlarged centred image on a black background when I click the photo. I've just tested shots from this year and last and the ones I chose all did the same, indicating that the phenomenon has spread back to some earlier images. However, a shot from 2007 that I clicked remained as before i.e. it was enlarged, positioned top left on the screen, and against a white background. I wonder if it affects only those photographs that I've posted since the point when I changed to this template. I can't think why your computer wouldn't behave in the same way though. Curious!

Thanks for the feedback.


Tony Boughen said...

Curiosity resolved John. This change currently works with the Firefox browser but not with Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. I can't speak for any other browsers since I can't test them.


Jan Timmons said...

And only white backgrounds with Safari on either Mac or Windows platforms—at least for me. Might have more to do with browsers than Google.

But good shot, regardless of background.

Tony Boughen said...

Thanks for the information regarding the Safari browser Jan. I must trawl the Blogger forums and see if anyone else has a theory (or definitive information) about what's going on.