I just discovered this handy tip for direct linking to Instagram images. Here are two examples of one of my Instagram images. The first one is using Instagram’s Embedding tool:
Using this, you get the whole thing – the image, the description, the white border around the image, etc. And it’s way too big.
But – if I just want to use the image in a blog post – without all the other stuff – just add /media/ to the url of the image (discovered at stackoverflow). Here’s what you get when you do that:
Just the image – nothing else. You can even choose from three images sizes (thumbnail, medium, and large) like this – /media/?size=t (“t” for thumbnail).