Sunday, October 30, 2011

Burgers and failing internet

Stinkin' internet was out again so I'm behind on my every-other-morning blogs. More photos and posts to come I promise! Also I picked up a TON of stuff at the expo in NYC on Friday, so I think I'm just going to have one big post with some worth while companies I checked out.

This is the only photo I took on my phone in NYC, tasty burgers with friends!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steve Jobs

It's always interesting to hear about other people's photo shoots, especially shoots with celebrities. Having other photographers admit they had a difficult shoot makes the rest of us feel better. :)

This article tells of one photographer's encounter with Steve Jobs.

I will be on the search for other photo shoot adventures and stories! Please post any you find in the comment section. :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Born in the wrong era.

I am completely in love...

...with this mirror.

It's design is slightly over used, but I don't care. I love it, and this guy has a ton of variations.

Seriously, how cool is this???

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Having a creepy time at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Thanks to Dan's Camera City, I was able to wander around Eastern State Penitentiary for about 7 hours on Saturday, enjoying the weather and the beautiful sights.

Eastern State Penitentiary is like a dream come true for me: it's an abandoned building that I can wander around in without
1) getting caught by someone who takes "All Trespassers Will Be Shot" seriously
2) getting attacked by a crazed animal
3) fall through the floor or have things fall on me
4) spiders touching me

I thoroughly enjoyed myself as I ducked in from one cell to the next, taking over 900 photos and getting rope burn from my tripod bag, camera bag and camera strap.

I posted a few photos here, but I'm hoping to post a few more on this blog over the next few weeks, and on my Facebook page.

Just a friendly reminder that all photos are property of Valerie Walter Photography and if you steal them I will come after you. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Julius Shulman

I just finished watching a documentary on the greatest architectural photographer to date. Julius Shulman's photos filled every architecture text book we had in college, although at the time I did not know who the photographer was, nor did I realize it was mostly the same photographer.

He was an amazing man, and the documentary is something all architects and architectural photographers should watch. A friend of mine who is an artist actually brought it to my attention, and even he enjoyed the film.

This is one of the many famous photos taken by Shulman.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Recreating famous photographs....

...with Lego people. This is amazing on so many levels.

Original Photograph by Philippe Halsman
DalĂ­ Atomicus

Lego recreation by Mike Stimpson

Another famous photograph

Original Photograph by Steve McCurry
Afghan Girl

Lego recreation by Mike Stimpson

Click here to see the full collection.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I had a heck of a time navigating this website, as I don't speak the language, but it didn't stop me from clicking and viewing some amazing lamps and chandeliers.

This happens to be one of my favorites.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trip Back In Time #1

I went to my 100 year old Great Grandmother's house on Sunday. Her house dates back to the 1820-1850's, and it looks as if it is stuck in the previous century. The family is too busy taking care of my great grandmother and continuing her quilts to update the house. I wandered around, reliving my childhood, and snapped a few photos.

I titled this entry as #1 because I plan on posting a few photos over the next few weeks. I had some fun with photoshop with these photos. Below are two different effects of the same photo.

Let me know which one you like better!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Internet Issues

My internet was down all weekend so I wasn't able to update! Eek!

So to make up for it, here is a link to some interesting photos. I have to admit, the more recent photos I'm not as impressed with. I feel like now a days, if you're famous you all hang out together. But the older photos,

such as this one with Le Corbusier and Albert Einstein, are the interesting ones.

Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Bob Hope and David Niven.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Infinity.... bath tubs?

I have never been in an infinity pool. I imagine once I stop splashing around I would enjoy the beauty and serenity.

Now an infinity tub... that would encourage more splashing to test out the nature of the design.

To read about either tub, please click on the images.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011


...on another graphic designer.

With all these postings about photoshop and photoshopping, I just have to share this with those who may have missed it.

A father, who happens to be a graphic designer, convinced his kids that Ewoks are real. Considering I just watched the entire Star Wars series for the first time (yeah yeah I know), I got a kick out of this. (As opposed to if I saw this link a year ago, I wouldn't have thought it was cool)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Testing out some things I learned... the Photoshop Seminar. I used the previous head shot with my roommate to test out some contrast tricks.

Let me know what you think! I'm going to mess around some more and post my results!