I’m wondering how to get the featured image to remain as a vertical image when it is the top featured post (if that’s possilbe?), as well as a previous post in Masonry mode. Right now, when I upload an image it gets cropped to the standard 3268 × 2178 but when i post above that, it changes orientation. What I really enjoy in your feed is how there are different vertical/horizontal orientations. I am having trouble accessing and mimicking that orientation.
You can see they all have different aspect ratios.
What you might not know is that WordPress automatically generates all the sizes of an image used in the currently active theme once you upload an image. After that you can fine-tune each generated image with the Post Thumbnail Editor plugin. That’s what I did in the demo, including the above example with the staircase.
Here is how the plugin interface looks in the Admin Panel:
The thumbnails you need are:
mauer_cover_thumb — for the covers
mauer_thumb_3_softcropped — for the masonry grid pics
To get a nice masonry grid I recommend, sticking with 2 or 3 aspect ratios (you can cut images preserving a certain aspect ratio — see the above screenshot), and alternate them.