Just finished redoing the whole set of photos. Re-cropped and recomposed. The size came out to about 9.8" x 6.1". Almost perfect golden ratio. When I did that, I was able to crop out the buckle mark. The rest of the photo seemed to fall into place, right on the golden section. If you laid an Archimedes Spiral on those pictures, iit wouldn't quite line up but you can measure 1,2,3 with your fingers.
Test prints are in the wash, right now. If they come out the way I hope, I'll be ready to print finals in the morning.
Your help is greatly appreciated!