the short story of it - google stinks for photo hosting. It's not meant to go outside their universe. I gave up on them long ago when they were dabbling around with ever changing hosting concepts.
So I decided to take a look, uploaded first image ever and the very first message from them is already a show stopper: My choice is to have them recompress my JPEG to crap quality or be limited to a pathetic 15GB of storage space unless I pay. I have 1000GB on Flickr for free...
Anyway - so I upload original to test and it shows me a downsized version. I try share and get the same useless link back to their site. Then right click on image and get this ridiculous URL
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/seWQR ... 14-h743-no
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paste it into browser and it opens just the image, put it into RIMG tags here to fit the size better fails:
however in IMG tags it seems to work, it even scales it for me, so RIMG isn't needed. This is the full image area downsized from what appears a 1024 wide image on their site.
complicated, and from one day to another this may stop working.