I'm no expert but I also dislike sites with lots of flash - if the site is for photography I prefer the emphasis to be in the photographs themselves and not "flashy" menu options etc
With all due respect, some comments on your site and mikeseb's site.
What I like (same comments for mikeseb's site also):
- Neutral colors for background
- Clean and concise navigation menu (a bit congested in mikeseb's case)
- Fixed design, which I think is better for image display
- Usable area is centered
- No vertical scroll necessary for a maximized window on my 19" monitor. (Some small amount of scrolling needed on mikeseb's site)
About Me page:
- Paragraphs not centered.
- Portrait thumbnails much bigger than landscape thumbnails. Why?
- Portrait thumbnails are grouped at the end and separate from the landscape thumbnails. Why? Ideally, I want my images sequenced in a particular order, and not dictated by their aspect ratios.
Many galleries tend to display the thumbnails on one page and an enlargement on a separate page. Once a viewer displays an enlargement, he is forced to view other enlargements sequentially, or have to go back to the thumbnails page to select a particular one.
My preference is to display a block of thumbnails and one enlargement, all on one page. This way, the viewers can have a top level view of the gallery (or part of it) and be able to select any thumbnail of his choice, all on one page. I think this is a much better way to navigate a gallery. The following pages are such designs, but they do have their own navigation problems though.