Here's an example : http://www.twospy.com/galleriffic/example-2.html
I love qDig and have been using it for 5 years, but I am really liking some of these galleries with some client-side effects. The big caveat: they are all static gallery pages - and I use QDig to manage thousands of images in deeply nested galleries.
I was thinking about re-purposing some of QDig's code to maybe use a HTML template file and inject some of the PHP-generated dynamic content. I don't really know PHP; I'm a ASP.NET c# guy, but it may be worth a try.
Keep up the good work!