i updated the photo scroller. i can't think of any ways to make it better than it is now. i still have to set up a loading screen for it. it's up to 235k now. still small and really quick for broadband users, but i don't want dial-up users to be left with a blank screen for 5+ seconds.
i also cleaned up the layout a little bit. the nav bar is smaller so the links fill it better, and the spacing is even now. the pop-up in the photo section had a really crappy-looking arrow, but i didn't really notice how bad it looked until after a good night's sleep. so that's changed now, even though it will change again soon.
before i decided to just throw (almost literally) a simple site up, i was thinking about something more innovative. i haven't decided if i'm going to go with this yet, but a rough (and i mean very rough) idea for a main menu:
i was thinking it could look like you're looking into a camera's viewfinder (it is a photography site, after all) and use the red dot to rotate the lens and bring items at different distances into focus. it doesn't have any other elements, just the rotation and blurring.
what do you guys think of that?