I Need Your Help – Photograph Test

I’m hoping you can help me here. When I ran the post about Topaz ReStyle,  Adrian Pym was kind enough to point out that the photographs looked pixellated and noisy when viewed in the WordPress Reader. I had to agree with him, they were terrible.

Previously I have used Flickr to host my images but just recently I switched to Google+. In conjunction with Windows Live Writer I write my posts offline and embed the photographs into the post.

It looks like something is going wrong with this process causing the photographs not to look so good.

Sound a bit technical. Not really, but here’s what I’d like from you. I’m going to post two photographs here. One hosted on Google+ and one on Flickr. Can you look at them and see if either of them don’t look so good.

Here is the first one – it’s from Google+

Now, the second one from Flickr

Vulcan Test

I really would like your help on this so if you can help by replying please do so.

Thanks in advance – Mike



22 thoughts on “I Need Your Help – Photograph Test

  1. Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 10:12

    Oh Wow! I’ve just spotted something straight away….on my PC the top photograph looks dull and not as sharp as the bottom one. Yet, on my ipad, it’s the other way round.


  2. Cardinal Guzman September 4, 2013 / 10:37

    I’m on a PC using Google Chrome. The second image is sharper and has more saturated colors.


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 11:09

      Thanks for replying, that’s more like I’m seeing with my pc and chrome.


  3. James McDonall September 4, 2013 / 12:22

    I’m on the iPad, it’s 5am, there is admittedly some sleep still in my eyes, and on top of all that it’s Tuesday, but to me the second image seems just a smidge clearer. Really, only a smidge.


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 12:32

      James, thanks for taking the time to comment…..and 5am, that’s way too early.


      • James McDonall September 4, 2013 / 12:52

        No problem, although I’ve just realized it’s actually Wednesday. Haha.
        Anytime, Mike. I may call on you for a similar thing sometime soon.


  4. lisalday111711 September 4, 2013 / 13:07

    I use google chrome on my pc and the second picture is a tad clearer but the difference is very insignificant


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 13:48

      But no evidence of noise, interesting….looks like I might go back to Flickr


  5. Patti Kuche September 4, 2013 / 13:36

    Agree with previous comments that the first shot is not as sharp as the second, viewing on a Macbook with Safari.


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 13:49

      Thanks Patti, the more I hear the more it looks like Flickr again…


  6. petspeopleandlife September 4, 2013 / 15:02

    I am still needing new glasess. 🙂 But I had to scroll back and forth to detect the dfifference. Google’s image is a tad darker. The Flickr image is a a tad brighter and an seems a tad sharper but maybe more than that to someone who sees better than I.

    I’m far from a pro and I’ve not gone to the trouble of using Google +. Too much trouble to change although I don’t like what Flickr has done however I think the viewing in Flkickr is really good.


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 15:51

      Good day Yvonne. With this post there doesn’t seem to be the exact same problem as Adrian mentioned, but I was surprised at the difference between the two. My monitor is calibrated and it was clearly obvious to me that the Flickr image was far better

      I’ve just been checking and it seems that when the photograph from G+ is inserted it is compressed quite heavily. Whereas the Flickr ones are not.


  7. chrisstov September 4, 2013 / 15:57

    Using Google Chrome on my laptop the first one is slightly darker than the second one and therefore a little clearer, but not enough to worry about.


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2013 / 16:37

      That’s interesting that you see it differently. Same results as I got with my ipad but exact opposite on my PC. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


  8. MrsBoardwell September 4, 2013 / 16:36

    On my Windows based laptop the Google+ pic is ever so slightly less sharp than the Flickr one but I definitely wouldn’t have spotted a difference had you not pointed it out. I don’t know about *pixelation* but if somebody else is seeing a MASSIVE difference in these two pics then let me know what they’re on and I’ll add it to my xmas list (112 days to go. not to panic everyone, just a geeky fact :))
    Greetings from North Wales
    Babs B


  9. olive September 5, 2013 / 22:16

    maybe it’s the way both sites ‘compress’ your photos. i noticed on facebook that if you post a large photo it looks horrible. noise and moire effect…


  10. jamiehardisty September 10, 2013 / 02:52

    Hey Dad,

    Sorry for not responding earlier to this. I just took a look at both images on my MacBook using firefox and I think the second one is sharper in the post. What is interesting is that I then went to the flickr page and looked at the image set on original size and the images are comparable. (look at the left wing and the second dark paint section, looks like an upside down anvil.) But when I look at it set on large size it seems much sharper. I wonder if Google+ is using the original image and scaling it down?

    I am not seeing a lot of pixellation or noise though. The difference is not really that big and you can only see anything if you look closely.

    Hope that helps.


    • Mike Hardisty September 11, 2013 / 14:52

      It looks like there is some scaling being done, Jamie. I’ve checked the file size and the G+ one is considerably smaller in Kb.


  11. viveka September 22, 2013 / 12:07

    I’m on my powerful little net book, using Window 7 and google chrome and to be honest Mike, I can’t see any difference in the photos. Maybe the darker pattern on the plane is slightly sharper in the second photo, but the more I look the more they are smiliar. In my book and eyes is’t an amazing photo. I wouldn’t worry at all over this.


    • Mike Hardisty September 23, 2013 / 19:28

      I’d almost forgot about this post but thanks for commenting. In the end I have gone back to using Flickr for its ease of use



      • viveka September 23, 2013 / 21:04

        For me … it was impossible to see any differences between the two photos – such a great photo.


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