Ochs with Large Photos & Illustrations
- You can programatically adjust NYTimes image URLs to get larger 1024x[Variable Height] versions
- Ochs, a Google Chrome Extension for NYTimes, now takes advantage of this.
I’ve updated the Ochs extension to use the largest image available on Article pages.
I’m a big fan of the beautiful photographs and illustrations I see every day in The New York Times.
Amazing work, no?
However the biggest image you’ll ever see on nytimes.com is 600 pixels wide with a variable height (usually between 350px and 460px). This will be on the Article page or sometimes a popup link from the Article-Inline area.
Now click the image and you’ll see the 1024 by 883 pixel version in a new tab.
When you look at these ‘exceptions’ you can really appreciate the power of a large image. Its part of the reason the Big Picture blog is so popular. You often see smaller, column friendly sized photographs. Their reduction, in my personal opinion, often means a reduction in impact. A measured approach is often necessary, but not always.
I welcome feedback on whether this works for you. Usually people only provide feedback if they don’t like something so if you think its a keeper then make sure you let me know.
The plan, time permitting, is to allow you to toggle between the standard size and this larger version via an option that appears in the top-right corner of the photo. This state is remembered across all pages unless you change it again.
You can install (or update) Ochs here.