DISPLAYING HAIGA ON AN INTERNET PAGE
When an image is displayed via a browser window, the browser window has a certain color and position ... it is, itself, a frame and it affects how your image looks on the computer screen. Here's what most browsers do:
Canoe on Lake Edith - Typical Web Page Format
Note that the image is in the upper left and that there is a bright white space competing with the image. Thus, the quality of the presentation of the image is degraded by its placement and by surrounding bright white color which makes it more difficult for the eye to see the detail in the image. Put another way, your computer is shining a bright light in your eyes making it harder for your eyes to take in the various shades present in the photograph.
Here's the same image with a 2 pixel inner light gray border with a 50 pixel darker gray frame/mat.
Canoe on Lake Edith - Web Page Format with Photograph Framed
Better? But, not good enough. While the border/mat do a better job of allowing the eye to focus in on the image, there is still a large amount of bright white space and the image is still off center.
We can use a web page presentation to take control of the presentation space and to make the image center itself, as below:
Canoe on Lake Edith - Web Page Format with Photograph Framed & Centered
But the brightness of the white space still makes it more difficult for the eye to adjust to the darker image. What about a dark background for the page?
Canoe on Lake Edith - Web Page Format with Photograph Framed & Centered With Black Background
Better? the black is pretty harsh, isn't it, but still, I think that it allows you to see the image better. Here's a gray background ...
Canoe on Lake Edith - Web Page Format with Photograph Framed & Centered With Gray Background
Better? To my eye it is.
In sum, the following display options all affect the viewing of an image:
- position: upper left vs center
- inner border: size and color
- mat: size, color and texture
- browser background: color and texture