Thanks for the comments, much appreciated.
To a new member like you, my comments may seem harsh for a site that I really like.
No problem Chris. I'd looked around a bit on the forum before posting, and to be truthful I was hoping that you would respond. Your style of criticism is very constructive, which is a rarer thing to find on forums than it should be! Glad you like the general design and layout.
...the galleries' descriptions: the text font color, unlike elsewhere, is not black
Good point. Looking at it, neither is the text on the News page. This should be easy enough to fix.
The News page is terrific, but can be simplied or better organized.
I've thought this myself. It's OK at the moment, whilst there isn't too much to look through, but it could become a pain over time. I'll consider some ways of changing this. Maybe having a condensed list, whereby each item can be expanded if desired by clicking on a '...more' button?
The right angle pointers of the menu buttons are misleading (and unnecessary?).
Can see what you mean. They were there to give a visual indication of the currently selected menu item (you will see that they depress for the current page), but maybe I should think of an alternative way of doing this.
I need to think about a way to handle more thumbnail images. To be honest I don't want galleries with too many images, would rather expand by having more galleries, although would need some redesign of the page linking to the various galleries.
I like having all the thumbnails the same size, but maybe I could consider cropping rather than compressing those for the portait pics?
You are right in pointing out that the vertical space could be better maximised, The titles and previous/next arrows could certainly be made to take up less space, and I will have a look at doing this. This combined with a reduced width menu should allow me to increase the image size.
Note ( and this is to Eric really), that you can already click on the image to obtain a larger framed view of the image. Couldn't think of a way to make this obvious to the user (other than the fact that you do get a hand pointer over the image). Any thoughts? Also, currently the larger image opnes in the same window, do people think it would be better in a new window (or tab in newer browsers)?
The comments have been really useful and I will look to take on board what I can. Thanks to the other repsonses too. Alain - It was your Lens Baby images that inspired me to buy one, so glad to see that you like my efforts!