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I've been trying to figure out how to get this to look right for the past week.

We just got permission from a photographer to use some of her excellent photos of vegan food. Here's one:

vegan pancakes

However, we also have an orange background that corresponds to the orange of the respective icon which leads to this page.

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I just can't figure out how to get this to look right on the orange page. Is there anything I can do around the photo to get away from its current gawdy appearance?

everything together

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You could add a border or drop shadow (or both!):

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Thanks for that mockup. I had initially done that, actually. I can't remember why I got rid of it, but now that I'm seeing it again, it does seem to work pretty well. Maybe I'll revert back to that. Thanks! – Adam Grant Jun 10 '12 at 17:12

An alternative might be to apply rounded corners to your photos? Add a hover to the image to display the caption. The roundness keeps in sync with your nice icons and great font choice for the page heading.

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On hover display caption

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