Images seem to be getting lower in resolution

355[965] As I am sort of getting back into posting on my site, and as I look around at the various other high heels sites, it seems to me that the images being posted are dropping in size and/or resolution. I am not too sure why this would be the case.

One theory might be that most picture sites, such as Instagram and Facebook (and possibly Tumblr and WordPress), reduce the size and/or increase the compression of your posted images as you post them if they are considered too big. They do this because storage costs them money and even by just dropping the resolution on your posted pictures by 20 percent can reduce the size of the saved image by as much as 50 percent.

Plus, if you have already saved you picture with compression, which you are doing if you save it as a JPG—whether you know it or not—then compression done again as you upload it is compression on top of the compression you have done.

As a general rule, sites where you upgrade to the paid Pro version offer an option to not automatically reduce the size or resolution of your posted images.

I know for sure that SquareSpace, where this site is hosted, does not play with the size and/or compression of your posted images.

But, whatever the reason, I am finding that a much higher percentage of pictures on the sites I have been using no longer have hi-resolution images posted.

Following are a few examples of current posts.

As copied from the source site, this post is only 533 pixels wide and the compression is 50 percent.

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This one is 555 pixels wide and the compression is a whopping 70 percent.

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As you can see from the image on the right, when the compression is so high you really cannot even increase the size of the image even as much as a quarter because the slightest interpolated increase in size will start to introduce fuzziness—because, the high compression has thrown away so much information about the picture.

The image at right was enlarged using On1 Fractal enlargement, which is about the best way there is of enlarging raster images.

So when images that are being posted are compressed this much then even the best tools for enlarging pictures cannot do a good job.

As a comparison, while the following image is only 600 pixels wide, but the compression is only 15 percent. You can even tell the compression is low just by looking at it. The detail is much more defined.

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When the compression is relatively low, depending on the quality of the starting picture, you can easily double the size and not introduce too much fog or fuzziness.

The following double-size enlargement taken from the above picture is reasonably acceptable although you can see loss of detail happening in the hair and the pendant.

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Checking Links: Checking "Heels Land"

354[964] Something I do from time to time is check that the links on my "High Heels Links" page are still working. Normally I just do them all at the one time and then update the page. But this time I thought I would check them one-by-one and do some posts from each of those links that is still working—if they have anything worth posting.

In this post I am checking Heels Land. For readers that have previously not visited Heels Land this is what their banner used to look like.

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But I don't really need to check this link, because I know that status of Heels Land and it is with a degree of sadness that I report that the guys at Heels Land are no longer posting. They have shut up shot. Or, as we might say here is Australia, they have taken their bat and ball and gone home.

If you try the Heels Land link you will get this . . .

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As it happens I did exchange a number of e-mails with the Heels Land people and they offered me their site content and link to take over. Had I done so I would somehow merged Heels Land with Addictedtoheels. But, at the time I was not posting myself and was not sure I was actually going to do any more posting. However, here I am, back working on the site.

After I turned them down they then attempted to raise some funding via the IndieGoGo fund raising site to try and fund a bigger more professional presence on the web. I posted about this fund raising here.

But the bottom line is that they are gone.

Heels Land was the first link ever entered into my list of high heels links.

Following are a few pictures I grabbed from the old Heels Land site in remembrance. These grabs actually go back to 2015.

I have updated my links page accordingly.

The next link I will be checking is "Crazy for High Heels" and, on the upside, that link is still alive.

Great heels for singing in—Julianne hough

352[962] Apparently this is Julianne Hough.

Nice heels and great legs to show off in those heels.

I had never heard of Julianne Hough before I came across this stunning picture of her from the back in those cock teasing heels. But this inspried me to try and find out more about Julianne and find some other pictures of her.

Julianne is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has been in Dancing with the Stars. She was in the remake of the movie Footloose and she played Sandy in Fox television production of Grease.

This next one is not the best quality, but still worth posting.

It looks like she might have been a Cosmoplitan cover girl at some stage.

One last picture . . . 

If you didn't know who Julianne Hough was before this, well now you do. See! You can learn so much from this site.