Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

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. =)

Talke Photography Settings:

  • 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
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro,   Photo Tools 2.6,

13 comments on “Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

  1. I like this. Great subject, perfect for HDR! Nicely executed also, love the lines, light and the symmetry. Thanks for sharing, Richard

  2. Rudolf Vlček says:


  3. hdrexposed says:

    Whoa Pete, the depth to this is stunning, WOW

  4. Jim Nix says:

    Wow Pete this totally rocks!! Jim

  5. Wayne Frost says:

    Awesome location to capture brackets, Pete.

  6. Incredible work! The symmetry is perfect!

  7. theaterwiz says:

    This place is awesome Pete, was there about 3 years ago, before I started HDR, we are planning on getting back there this summer, it’s such a cool place right smack in the middle of a neighborhood, and NO tripod police!

  8. exileimaging says:

    Incredible! Great work, Pete!

  9. Kristi Hines says:

    What an awesome place to shoot! Thanks for the heads up on Alcatraz – will cross that off my list and replace it with this instead!

  10. Jason Hines says:

    Great job! I like the lines leading you through the image and the texture on the wall.

  11. Love your photography – this photo made me PAUSE my blog surfer!

  12. aswirly says:

    This is really amazing. Great detail and line of sight!!

  13. Sandi Ormsby says:

    It looks like you can reach out and TOUCH and FEEL the textures of the tunnel. Can you imagine being locked up there? It looks so hard and cold. You brought that all out, amazing! So was Al Capone at both places then? Because he had a cell at Alcatraz. Was he transferred?


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