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Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP)

ESP is always a great place to shoot HDR. And yes, tripods are okay once you a pay the $10.00 fee for it's use. See photo details here:

http://www.easternstate.org/general-policies-all-photographers

And don't forget to print your $1.00 coupon. :)

http://www.easternstate.org/visit/coupon

I think we will shoot until about 1:00pm and then head directly across the street to Jack's Firehouse for some lunch.

http://jacksfirehouse.com/

There is plenty of paid parking and I suggest the large lot right next to ESP.

http://www.easternstate.org/visit/directions-parking

Here are some of my shots from ESP:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tfinzel/sets/72157626498678125/with/5676876462/

Images from our last meetup held there:

http://www.meetup.com/The-DC-High-Dynamic-Rangers/photos/5013802/

Hope to see you guys there.

Tom

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a fantastic time. This was my first visit to ESP and also my first time shooting HDR. Neither will be my last.

    I do have a question/request. My friend John and I were talking to a 3 people at one of the stops. The gentleman told us about an iPhone app called Photo Synth. He also showed us some of his work at the St. Agnes Cathedral (I think that was the place). We also discussed the use of a pistol grip tripod head that he used in Alaska. Anyway, I wanted to ask if you would send me your SmugMug site so that I could show my husband some of your awesome photography.

    April 6, 2013

  • Freddie A.

    Hey Rangers, I am going to ESP next Friday and I was wondering if there's anything I need to know i.e. price, tripod or if I need to be with a specific group.

    April 12, 2013

    • Tom F.

      Hey Freddie, $14.00 entrance fee plus $10.00 tripod fee but that is good for the whole year. You can just show up and shoot. Large public parking lot right next to ESP. Have fun, it is a cool place to shoot.

      April 12, 2013

  • Starlene

    Awesome images. Thanks everyone for sharing.

    April 9, 2013

  • Tony B.

    Had a great time, learn some things, and made some new friends. What else could anyone ask for (on a photo shoot)? :-D

    April 8, 2013

  • Justin

    I had a great time, met some cool people and ESP is a HDR playground. I'll be doing that again.

    April 7, 2013

  • Shy

    You can see some of my pics on http://www.shyseye.com/p430159879. I'll post more in the next few days.

    April 7, 2013

    • Terisa E.

      Great work dhy I loved the framed chair threw the cell bars!

      April 7, 2013

  • michelle g.

    Got to ESP late, and only had a chance to see some of the group, but what a lovely day and lovely group of people!

    April 6, 2013

  • John H.

    Wonderful Place, Meet a few good People

    April 6, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Awesome. Great area to shoot. I probably need to go back and actually read the exhibits and listen to the audio tour. :-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Tamara

    Great access.

    April 6, 2013

  • Terisa E.

    Was a great time with really nice people!!

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just passed the airport about 5 minutes ago. Should be there in about 12 minutes.

    April 6, 2013

  • Lori T.

    There is road closing on I-95 in Delaware. Get off sooner to go around it

    April 6, 2013

  • Jason M.

    The coupon you pointed out-says to register online. Am I suppose to register online or are we getting a group rate?

    Sorry for the late, inquiry.

    Thanks,
    Jason

    April 5, 2013

    • Tom F.

      No group rate. There is a $1.75 fee for online tickets so it pretty much the same price as at ESP.

      April 6, 2013

  • Terisa E.

    So excited!!!!

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Starlene

    There should be a bus going to this location. So I guess I'll have to pass on this one.

    April 5, 2013

  • Olivia

    can't make it :(

    April 5, 2013

  • Terisa E.

    Hi Everyone! I am going to join you in this adventure, ESP is one of my favorite locations!

    April 4, 2013

  • Linda

    This is my favorite time of year for shooting. I would much rather be outside than in a penitentiary on Sat., but I'm sorry to miss another HDR MeetUp.

    April 3, 2013

  • Tony B.

    What would be the best lens (or lenses) to bring?

    March 4, 2013

    • Ken O.

      fast wide angles are ideal.

      March 5, 2013

    • Craig K.

      Have been to Eastern State 5 times and found I used my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm most of the time over my 24-70 f2.8. The 11mm really helps in the cells.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Izzy

    Would have liked to but will be out of town thst weekend.

    March 31, 2013

  • Tony B.

    Here's what I know about HDR Imaging (HDRI).The general steps in the workflow are:
    1. At a minimum you take 3 exposures - one at normal, under and over. You can take more, but, experts say that is over kill.
    2.) You need digital dark room software to manage exposures and post-process your HDR tonemapped result. I use Lightroom 4.3, it's work well for me for what I do.
    3.) You need HDR Imaging process software to process the bracketed exposures and for tonemapping. The king of HDRI SW is Photomatix ($90.00 - you can do better with a discount code). This software is the TRUTH!
    3.) As I mentioned, after you produce your HDR tonemapped image, you may need to touch it up with your darkroom software

    So far as for what camera you use is doesn't matter - IMHO. I use a Canon 7D, a Lumix G3, and a Lumix DMS-ZS3. And you don't have to have 3 or more exposures to do HDRI. You can process one exposure. Hope this helps and again this is my understanding of HDRI. Chime in y'all.

    March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have Lightroom and I also have the full suite of Nix Software. But I haven't used any of them, yet.

      March 16, 2013

    • Cathy H.

      and you should shoot RAW as well

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, I'm totally new to this. I don't have a full frame capable camera. I shoot with a Canon T3i. I have a a couple of lens - none are real expensive ones. I've just started reading about HDR. My camera will only do 3 bracketed shots; so to obtain more I have to manually adjust the bracketing. How many shots do you normally shoot? And what bracketing steps (not sure is this is the right terminology) are you using? I hope you don't mind a newbie attending. Both me and my husband shoot and both of us are newbies. But I really want to learn. I don't want to shoot in program mode any more.

    My lens choices are:
    - Sigma[masked]mm f/[masked]
    - Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4
    - Canon 50mm
    - Canon[masked]mm f/4-5.6

    March 16, 2013

  • Colleen M.

    Dang, I am always working!!! Maybe next time...

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make this one. Have fun though.

    March 8, 2013

  • Tony B.

    How fast and how wide? I'm shooting with a[masked]mm zoom/f3.5-f5.6 lens.

    March 5, 2013

    • Tom F.

      I'll be shooting with a 12-24mm on a full frame. Fast is not that critical since you will be using a tripod.

      March 5, 2013

  • Ken O.

    Excited for this place !

    March 2, 2013

  • Cindy V.

    I have a schedule conflict on this day. This is an awesome venue for shooting. One of my fav places!

    March 1, 2013

  • Brandon K.

    I've wanted to go here for a long time. I'm excited already.

    March 1, 2013

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