Watermarked photo displayed in wrong orientation


(Roy The Newbie) #1

I am having a problem when inserting watermarked photos into my pluspora posts.
When the photos are in Landscape orientation there is no problem: however, when I have a watermarked photo in Portrait orientation it is displayed in my post in Landscape mode. This is despite the fact that other Image viewers have no problem in displaying them correctly.

I will also point out that the same photos, if not watermarked, are displayed correctly in my posts. It is as though the watermark itself has some Landscape parameter that the diaspora Composer is latching on to. I use GIMP, in Ubuntu, to do the watermarking. But when I create the watermark there is no Portrait/Landscape selection that I make: GIMP just asks me where I want to locate the watermark text in the image.
I have tried changing the exif data but…no success.
Please advise me if you can. :slight_smile:


(Spc Cw) #2

Could you show an example of such image?

Also try exporting (saving) images without metadata. I am pretty sure it is saved with wrong orientation (perhaps coming from the camera) and web browser just doesn’t respect it.


(Roy The Newbie) #3

Thanks very much for your suggestion: I tried briefly to do what you suggest but have not yet figured out, using Gimp, how to do it.
Here is a link to my last pluspora post that exhibited the problem:


(Roy The Newbie) #4

Ok, I now followed the link that you provided, to the Gimp help article. I followed your instructions and then did a test post on pluspora, just to myself. Unfortunately, it did not work. :frowning:


(Roy The Newbie) #5

Hurray! I think I may have solved it, with your help, of course! I thought, as a wild guess that If I de-selected the XMP option as well, that might do something. IT DID!!! I did a test post in pluspora, just to a personal Aspect, and it worked. The image was in portrait format, as desired, and the watermark was correct.
It’s late now so I cannot investigate further tonight. I shall confirm that this still works tomorrow.


(Spc Cw) #6

Yep, I didn’t think about XMP. Both EXIF and XMP can contain image rotation data (among other metadata) and some applications are either working with it incorrectly or are too lazy to actually rotate images and just set it in meta hoping other applications will follow it. Other apps however sometimes are also too lazy and display the image as it is and some even actively strip any metadata for privacy concerns :slight_smile:

When you post photos you took on the Internet it is generally good idea to remove all metadata. This ensures correct orientation and prevents you from leaking information you probably don’t want to (such as location data, date/time, camera model).


(goob) #7

In case you didn’t realise, there’s an option to strip EXIF from all photo uploads in the diaspora* user settings. I’m not sure whether this also strips XMP, and therefore whether this would solve your immediate problem, but it will strip identifiable meta-data, so is a good option for privacy.