A Frame for this Horse Picture

by Todd Smith on September 2, 2009

This fun shot of a horse scratching its chin on a post is one of the first images you see when you visit my site. I’d like to pick some frame options for this print. Can you help?

Here’s what I’ve got so far. Let me know what you prefer. If you have other ideas or suggestions for framing or matting, I’d love to hear them.

By the way, I’ve decided to go back to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine for blogging.

Frame Style 1:  21 3/4 x 17 inches (55.2 x 43.2 cm)

Canadian Walnut Frame
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Print size: 13 3/4 x 9 inches (34.9 x 22.9 cm)
Price $333

I like the wood frame with a golden walnut finish.  The wide frame brings out the color of the horse nicely.

horse framed print

frame cross section

frame corner

Frame Style 2:  17 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches (45.1 x 34.5 cm)

Metal Frame – Frosted Walnut Finish
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Print size: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 inches (29.9 x 19.4 cm)
Price $248

This is a less expensive frame because it is a slightly smaller print and it is a metal frame instead of hardwood. I like the thin frame look with lots of matting around the print.

horse framed print

frame cross section

frame corner

Frame Style 3:  18 3/4 x 14 5/8 inches (47.6 x 37.1 cm)

Gallery Frame – Charter Oak
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Print size: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 inches (29.8 x 19.4 cm)
Price $290

This narrow, oak frame has a rounded edge and a similar, golden color as the horse. This is the same size print and mat as the previous (metal) frame.

horse framed print

frame cross section

frame corner

Frame Style 4:  41 3/4 x 31 5/8 inches (106 x 80.3 cm)

Fine Hardwood Frame – Narrow Classic Walnut
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Print size: 29 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (75.6 x 42.2 cm)
Price $1,047

This is the most expensive version. It is a much larger size and it uses premium hardwood. This might be good for a living room or office space.

horse framed print

frame cross section

frame corner

Frame Style 5:  25 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches (64.1 x 52.1 cm)

Rustica Frame – Barnwood Brown
Premium Luster Photo Paper
Print size: 13 3/4″ x 9″ inches (34.9 x 22.9 cm)
Price $382

I like the rustic, barn-like look of this frame. It suits the horse perfectly in color and in texture. The image size is the same as the first frame, though the frame is a bit wider.

horse framed print

frame cross section

frame corner

Let me know what you think. I love getting your suggestions.

You can see these new framed prints (shown above) for sale here. Your suggestions in the comments below will be incorporated into the product page.


How Do You See The World?

by Todd Smith on August 30, 2009

Have you ever noticed how much of a difference your point of reference makes? It all has to do with who you identify yourself to be.

Someone who identifies himself as a victim sees injustice everywhere. Another person who sees herself as a giver finds lots of needs to be filled everywhere she goes. Another person who thinks of herself as an academic, sees students and teachers and logic everywhere.

What you believe yourself to be is what you’ll see around you. The mind loves to find examples to prove that you are right. If you are unhappy, your mind will find a million reasons. When you are clear, the same reasons can be used to prove your happiness.

This physical world is exactly what we experience it to be, with reference to who we believe we are.

Have you ever looked at the stars and galaxies and thought, “I am very small.” You feel small because you imagine yourself to be a tiny body on a tiny planet in vast ocean of space.

Imagine for a second that you took a different point of view for the same experience. If you imagine yourself not as a body but as your consciousness, then the experience of that galaxy would be within your consciousness. The galaxy would be a blip in your awareness. In that case the tables have been turned. You are huge and the galaxy is tiny.

Point of view is everything in photography. What role does point of view play for you?


Yesterday’s newsletter featured Highlands, my summer getaway in the Adirondacks. Here are a few more photos (these images can be downloaded as wallpaper or screen saver photos for free until September 1, 2009).

If you are not taking advantage of my free wallpaper downloads every week, check out my new step-by-step tutorials for Windows XP and Mac OSX, and learn how to set-up wallpaper that changes on your computer every few minutes. It’s a great way to enjoy photography all day (you can add your personal photos into the mix as well).

Did you get a chance to get away this summer? Where did you go this year?


As many of you know, we create three new greeting cards each month using the pictures from the last few weeks. Members of the Card of the Month Club get an automatic 25% discount on these three cards.

Can you help me pick the cards for September? For your convenience, I printed the file number on the images.

What do you think the three new cards for September should be? Let me know your choices in the comments below.


Three weeks ago the newsletter featured lotuses and water lilies. I didn’t get a chance to post all the photos here before I left for vacation.

Personally, I find lotuses and water lilies to be amazing. They are different from most other plants because they grow in the water… and their blossoms are fantastic.

Maybe it’s the fact that Monet glamorized them for us, or that the cultures of the East consider it to be highly auspicious. Maybe it’s the fact that to photograph them you have to wade through waist deep water and mud. Maybe it’s their wonderful aroma. I’m not sure what it is that makes water lilies and lotuses so alluring.

Do they have an appeal for you? What is it about them that catches your attention? Let me know in the comments below.

By the way, I am changing my blog schedule to Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday for a while. Let me know how this works for you.