One of the coolest places to HDR in the US…Eastern State Penitentiary. An added bonus when you visit…they allow Tripods! You have to pay ten dollars extra..but all worth it! The prison was open from 1829 to 1971. It housed Al Capone and many other scary people. I have only visitd once, but would enjoy heading back to take the “Ghost” tour. They call it “Terror Behind the Walls“. I unfortunately do not believe in ghosts…but this could be one spooky place at nite! If you are ever in the Philly area…stop by and visit ESP! Def cool!
I have been watching the new show called Alcatraz. Cool show. I heard today that ever since the show started, tourists think there is a special “bat cave” room under the jail and have been wandering off the tours in search of it. No such room is there. Any prison is a great place for HDR. This one has tons of tourists so people dodging is the biggest issue.
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!
The feedback on these HDR’s from ESP has been wonderful! So something I rarely do..is post back to back photos of the same location…well that goes out the window today! Here is one more shot. I think it is Cellblock 6. This cellblock is closed to the public. To grab this photo…I cranked my tripod in a weird way as to get as close to the locked gate (with bars). With the wide angle lens it was fun trying not to get the gates bars in the shot. But with a little luck…and 9 exposures later..another scary cell shot from ESP! Now just look at this place..yikes! I’d hate to be stuck in there at nite by myself! I added a preset from onOne Photo Tools to give it that off color look. I’ll post Al Capone’s Cell next week!
On a recent visit to the Philadelphia area…I had a chance to stop by the amazing Eastern State Penitentiary. Now I have been to Alcatraz and was not too impressed. This abandoned prison is super cool! 30 foot walls surround the cell blocks. You cant visit every block, but they have enough available to fill your time and enjoyment! If you are in the area and love ghost stories and HDR’s…this is a must visit!!! The whole place is an HDR in waiting…decaying cells, rock walls, rusty pipes, brick…all the ingredients needed for great pics! Even Al Capone’s cell! Look for more soon!
PS..this was my first ever 9 exposure HDR! With so many details in this place…I decided to go with more brackets. =)
Here is another photo from Alcatraz. This angle is a classic technique used when lots of people are walking around you. LOL Look up and take a upper angle view! Actaully not bad! This is one tough place to find a shot without tourists involved. Just use your brain “cells”. I’ll admit, I did get a few HDR’s here…so it was worth the trip! For some reason I need to watch that Sean Connery movie…The Rock!