This is a crop on two sides, and also has some levels adjustment. I didn't know at first if I was going to like it or not, but it is growing on me. See larger panoramic.
I completed the CSS for the basic page for my redesign this yesterday afternoon/evening. You can expect it to have the standard photoblog look (large image in the center, small navigational controls, small menu bar at top). I think it is quite elegant, yet nice and simple. It will also have a pop up comment window as well as integrated exif data in addition to the cleaner interface mentioned before.