I believe the photo rotation problem comes from differences in how our computers orient the photo versus how the Wander The West forum software orients it.
When we take digital photos, the camera typically records not only the image but also information about it, including the orientation of the camera. This is called the "Orientation tag" and it's in the photo's "EXIF data".
Most software uses that tag to figure out how to present the photo to the viewer. But some software just ignores it.
The trick is to figure out how to change or delete the data before uploading it to Wander The West's editor.
I found a little trick I can use on my MacOS system:
- Open the file in Preview. (Note: Preview does honor the orientation tag so it most likely appears upright. That's what's so confusing about this... sometimes the photo is upright and sometimes it isn't... depending on where you're looking at it.)
- Select Tools | Show Inspector to pop up the Inspector window and view the photo's Orientation tag under the General tab.
- If the Orientation tag says "1 (Normal)", the photo will be oriented correctly on WtW. But most likely you chose this photo because it isn't oriented properly there. And therefore you're seeing something other than a 1 in the Orientation tag.
- Select File | Export to export the photo and give it a new name.
- Open the photo you exported and check its Orientation tag. It should now be a 1. (It's not clear to me why Export does this, but it's helpful for this purpose)
- Upload the exported photo to Wander the West and use the editor's "Preview Post" function to view it. The photo should now be upright. If it and the rest of the post look good, hit "Add Reply".
Here's a copy of cooler-photo from the ad....
and here's one I brought into Preview and exported...