An Experiment With Lightbox

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UPDATE: I’ve killed Lightbox for the time being. I can’t figure out a way to do both the nice pop-ups for images AND allow the reader access to full-resolution images for printing, screen savers, or use in their own projects. If I figure out a way to provide both, Lightbox may come back.

I’ve never been very happy with the way my images display when you click to enlarge. Today, I’ll use you as guinea pigs to test a different way to do it. I’m trying a WordPress plugin called Lightbox2. Instead of opening a clicked image in a new browser window, it dims the background and shows the image in the same window. Try it on this image of waves breaking on the rocks at Pig Island to see how it works:
Waves breaking on the rocks at Pig Island

You can use your left and right arrows on your keyboard to move back and forth between the images of a post. At least it works for me.

Here is a shot of bright red coral (Lobophyllia hemprichii) at Planet Rock:

Coral (Lobophyllia hemprichii)
And here is an image of Little Pig Island:

Little Pig Island

And now, some pretty clouds over the North end of Kranket Island:

North end of Kranket IslandIt works for me. The only problem is that I have to make my uploaded images a bit smaller. I have been using 1200 pixels as my maximum dimension. That doesn’t work very well with Lightbox, because they are too big on the screen (try clicking images in previous posts to see what I mean.) I’m going to try 800 pixels maximum dimension for a while to see how well it works.

I haven’t decided whether to keep it turned on or not. I like posting the larger images because they have more detail and readers can print them out in larger formats if they like. But, the problem with the image being too big with in Lightbox doesn’t seem to have a solution. Is anybody out there an expert on Lightbox?

I’ll give it a few days to see if anybody comments.

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3 Responses to “An Experiment With Lightbox”

  1. Milly Says:

    Hi there,
    My name’s Milly- avid reader :] – and I’m actually one of Gavin Grants students- I believe you know him.
    Sorry to say I’m not an expert at Lightbox and can therefore offer no solution, but- just to add my 2cents worth- posting pictures without lightbox is far easier. I dont know what everyone else out there thinks- but I often save these pictures to use as backgrounds or screensavers and just to show people in general. Is there a save function perhaps that could be added? -either that or I have just missed it completely! Goodluck with finding a solution!

  2. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for you comment, Milly, and thanks for reading my drivel.

    Yes, I remember Gavin Grant clearly. He started me on my Divemaster course. We shared many diving adventures.

    I’m glad that you commented that you often have other uses for my images. That’s why they are there – to be enjoyed and used under the terms of my Creative Commons Copyright that can be seen in the footer.

    I have every intention of continuing to supply at least 1200 pixel maximum dimension images to my readers. Unfortunately, I don’t see any way that I can do that with Lightbox at this time. I’m going to continue to study Lightbox, because I love the way it pops the images up. However, for the time being, I’m going to turn it off.

    Thanks for pointing this out to me.


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