Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary – Capone’s Cell (HDR)

Here is the luxurious cell for Al Capone.  Capone spent most of his prison life at Alcatraz, but did spend 8 months at the Eastern State Penitentiary.   From 1929-1930.  I asked the tour guide this day why he had the only comfortable cell?  She replied that is  unknown, but just as he arrived an anonymous donator gave some big funds to the prison.  They had new baseball uniforms and a cell Martha Stewart would be happy to have!  LOL  My last post form here for a while.    The next shot will be “locked up” for a a month or so!

Talke Photography Setting:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 9 exposures (+4 to -4)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6
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25 comments on “Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary – Capone’s Cell (HDR)

  1. hdrexposed says:

    Looks awesome Pete, love those details1

  2. Jim Nix says:

    that’s a great shot Pete, well done my friend!! Jim

  3. Jason Hines says:

    Wow! Amazing he got such a nice cell. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sandi Ormsby says:

    Was that really what the cell looked like during his stay, or was that added for the “tour?”

    So, he paid off the Warden? Was that why he was transferred to Alcatraz?

    I went on the Alcatraz tour and don’t recall seeing something like that in his cell there? Then again, I was young and don’t recall.

    Another great shot!
    Sandi

    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com

  5. Crazy wall texture in this shot. That would not be a fun place to spend even an hour in.

  6. Those 3 extra mm you had were much needed in that tight space. Love the feeling of the people behind you breathing down your neck as you compose your lens through the small opening! Great shot Pete as always Top Notch!!!

  7. Kristi Hines says:

    I’d be ok with solitary confinement in this cell!

  8. [...] Pete Talke posted an image of Al Capone’s cell in Eastern State Penitentiary, PA. It’s not what you’d expect – have a look. [...]

  9. John says:

    What an amazing shot! I am planning to go to the ESP in October for their haunted house! So excited :)

    • John, let me know how it goes! I caught an ep of Ghost HUnters from there before I went to get the 411. Cell Block 12 was the most ghostly! …that block is only for tours! Have fun!

  10. I love incongruity in an image; and it certainly is present here! The texture and peeling layers of paint/concrete bring you back to the “you’re here to stay reality”. Love the reflection in the mirror!

  11. That is so insane, I hope someone inquires further about that some day so we can hear the whole story

  12. Jimi Jones says:

    What an amazing shot. Love the overall look and texture. Nice to get a shot of history, even that of the infamous. :-)

  13. atmtx says:

    I was in Philadelphia over the weekend and thanks to your wonderful blog postings I decided to go to Eastern State Penitentiary. Thanks… Great shot of Al’s cell. Now if I can only go to Salzburg like you.

  14. [...] Pete Talke posted an image of Al Capone’s cell in Eastern State Penitentiary, PA. It’s not what you’d expect – have a look. [...]

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