I admit, I was one of those people who rarely deleted photos. my phone has photos from like the last five years. well, earlier this week, I actually ran out of space. so, I backed things up locally on my computer, iCloud and google as well. and then when I went to delete the photo on my phone, it said if I delete it, it will be gone from icloud too. that confused me...I do not want to delete the icloud copy...but I do want to remove the photo from my phone. right now, the phone has "optimize" selected, not download and keep originals. icloud sharing and my photo stream are off. I googled, but the ones I read made it sound like this is hard or impossible, which seems odd to me. hoping someone here can lend some assistance. thanks!