I'm an avid photographer and have been a long time contemplating a web site to show my work and to post photo blogs of events shortly after they occur. I also wanted to solicit feedback from other enthusiasts. I didn't want to create a site from the ground floor up as I would be spending more time tinkering with code rather than out taking photos.
I finally decided on WordPress 2.7 and have spent the past couple of months reviewing various plugins to create a site that was visually compelling and different from other photography websites.
So here it is http://baysidestudios.biz
I would be glad to share how I implemented (Cooliris, Shadowbox JS, NextGen Gallery). The solution was not without code... just some simple html with tables to format thumnails and text in some of the posts.