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chef, how large is the photo? I went hunting for the max pixel size that is supported, but I'm not having much luck, I want to say it's something like 4 or less... some photos that I have tried to upload from an older camera with much larger format than what I now have, either take forever, or just plain will not load.
Then again, sometimes CT does have it's moments, try it again to see what happens