A particular image appears rotated (in the "portrait" orientation) when viewed in Thunderbird (as an e-mail attachment), Firefox, and Photoshop. However, it appears in the "landscape" orientation in Windows 7 Explorer and Windows Photo Viewer Why the inconsistency? Is there any way to fix that by changing settings in the viewer?
In this particular case, the "landscape" orientation is photographically correct, though the camera may have been in a funny position causing an accelerometer to think that a "portrait" orientation was intended.
As viewed in TB/FF/PS, I need to rotate the image counterclockwise 90 degrees to get it looking right. When I use Windows to do that, the orientation then changes to be "portrait" 90 degrees in the opposite rotational direction.
The workaround is to rotate it counterclockwise 90 degrees and then clockwise 90 degrees and then the image displays correctly and consistently in all viewers cited above. It is unintuitive that two opposite lossy rotations (which as opposite operations, should combine for no effect other than compression losses) should be required just to get an image displaying consistently in Windows and other viewers. What am I missing here?