The overlay does its job, but I’d like to opt-out. This design significantly changes the mood of many photos, and to me that’s far more important than the visibility of meta data. The Help Forum has a discussion on the topic but I don’t see any official word nor an option to disable. Since browser extensions can modify the source of any given page, I created a Chrome add-on to remove the gradient overlay.
Installing this Chrome extension will change your Flickr activity feed:
Flickr is a great product. There are a few paid services I’ve used consistently over the past decade, and Flickr is one of them. Overall I really like their redesign. The activity feed with its large images looks great, and the new photo page is equally nice. But this one homepage quirk has been bothering me, so I decided to create an option to change it.
If you have any ideas for improving Flickr Gradient Block, it’s open sourced on Github.