Eastern State Penitentiary

http://www.easternstate.org/home
Another uniquely Philadelphia shooting location. This can be a challenging environment with a variety of light conditions, both indoors and out doors. Admission is $10. Please be on time, or you may be forced to pay full price.


Please read the rules for photographers included below. Most are common sense except for a fee for tripod use (covers the entire season) and they ask for location attribution on shots.
http://www.easternstate.org/general-policies-all-photographers

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  • William (Bill) W.

    Excellent, good place to shoot, if you are looking to work on your tripod shoots

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed clicking the pictures...just one thing..i had hoped this to be more of a group activity where I could have learnt a few things from everyone..considering im still an amateur....

    March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tony- next time ill keep that in mind. I will reach out to you and Scott...

      March 20, 2013

    • Capn S.

      We're there for you. Also, there are many great photographers in the group as well.

      March 20, 2013

  • Dawn M.

    Sorry iI missed it I was sick, hopefully there's another trip. I just viewed all the posted pix from the trip very nice shots by all.

    March 20, 2013

  • Guillermo T.

    Sorry I didn't get to meet more of the group. It was certainly my pleasure to meet several of you. I had a great time and it was a wonderful place to photograph and explore. Thanks again!

    March 18, 2013

    • Tony F.

      Was a pleasure meeting you, and I look forward to being on more shoots with you.

      March 18, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday and braved the cold and snow. For those who are interested in doing the "private" shoots, our contact at ESP is Rosie Lidard ( [masked] ). She is the one that will handle scheduling of them.

    March 18, 2013

  • Maria :.

    If anyone wanted to do a "photo shoot" ($25/hour rental - 5 person minimum) for access in the private areas, I'd be interested in being one of the five people (more than five = insurance needed). These need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance, so probably wouldn't be an option for tomorrow. But, for the future...

    Details: http://www.easternstate.org/vis...­

    March 15, 2013

    • Connie P.

      Count me in if you go on a tuesday!

      March 16, 2013

    • Guillermo T.

      yes, I would be interested.

      March 18, 2013

  • Susan F.

    I had a great day at the penitentiary. Learned a whole lot and became much more familiar with my camera. Howard Y. thank you so much for helping me out and sharing you knowledge. after a couple of hours the cold took its toll on my hands. Thank Gd the camera doesn't care about temperature.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Donna K

    A great day! Thanks Tony for setting this up!

    March 16, 2013

  • Heather

    Even though I did not get to meet anyone during this outing, I had a good time taken photos. I wasn't sure who was in the group.

    March 16, 2013

    • Tony F.

      Heather, I apologize for that. Did you come late by chance?

      March 16, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    Had a great time. Thanks for making my first MeetUp Event such a good time!

    March 16, 2013

  • Capn S.

    Sounds like you guys had a great time!

    March 16, 2013

  • Chris

    Another great outing

    March 16, 2013

  • Gary

    Just got called into work.

    March 16, 2013

  • Harris J S.

    Ill with a cold so cannot make it today

    March 16, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Sorry to have to cancel so last minute....

    March 16, 2013

  • Jonathan R.

    Started feeling sick last night. This morning, feel like total crap. Sorry!

    March 16, 2013

  • Aaron O.

    Can we use flashes, as long as they're on-camera, hand-held, or at least not on stands?

    March 15, 2013

    • Tony F.

      Flashes are fine

      March 16, 2013

  • Maria :.

    Ugh! REALLY wanted to go. Got my gear all ready, too. :( Will keep an eye open for future meetups, twilight tours, rentals, etc. Enjoy!

    March 16, 2013

    • Maria :.

      Just clarifying - can't make it Sat 3/16 - but definitely interested in another event at ESP with the group soon! Pls keep me in the loop.

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn.... I just checked...looks like it may snow tomorrow morning..not sure if it will spoil anything....

    March 16, 2013

  • Aaron O.

    Reconfirming. I will be there.

    March 15, 2013

  • Heather

    Hi Everyone. I have a few questions in regards to tomorrow.
    1. Is there free parking near here?
    2. Where is everyone meeting?
    3. What exactly is the itinerary.

    March 15, 2013

    • Tony F.

      There is street parking, but no parking lot. We will be meeting at the main (and only) entrance. Just look for the crowd.

      March 15, 2013

    • Chris

      Actually there is a parking lot next to the prison, not sure what the rates will be.

      March 15, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Also, I will be out for the evening. So I may not get to any additional responsed till very late tonight. If you have any additional questions, please look through the comments already on this meeting. We may have already answered them.

    March 15, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Plans for tomorrow
    Since others will be in ESP the same time, this is what was suggested to us.

    You will be doing photography in the general public spaces only.
    In order to avoid the crowds I would suggest this:

    Right at 10:00AM most of the general admission will be arriving to take the general self guided history tour. They will be traveling along the same path...Headed to the east side of the property and then going up either cell block 1 or 2. Therefore, to avoid the crowds, I would recommend that at 10:00AM, your group head first to the following areas:
    Cell block 7
    Cell block 4
    The baseball field
    Cell block 15
    Cell block 8
    Cell block 9
    Area South of Al Capone’s cell

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another question- how long will this last? I need to plan accordingly...

    March 15, 2013

    • Tony F.

      This is kind of open ended, people are welcome to stay till the place closes.

      March 15, 2013

  • Colleen S.

    Please do this again.... My daughter has an all day school conflict tomorrow:(. I am saddened I can't come alone.

    March 15, 2013

    • Tony F.

      A number of people have expressed interest in another outing here. So we will schedule another.

      March 15, 2013

  • William (Bill) W.

    I will attend, but I will be late. I do have a pass for my tripod.

    March 15, 2013

  • Shannon

    I'm sick so I have to cancel out. I was really excited about going! Enjoy :-)

    March 15, 2013

  • Harris J S.

    Have been there before - once before it closed as a prison (but not as a inmate. Is there any release that needs to be signed?)

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not able to go this date, so going on Friday. FYI: it is free Friday 3/15

    March 14, 2013

  • Spencer L.

    I can't make this one because I will be returning from Germany in June. I hope that this photowalk comes agin.

    March 13, 2013

    • Tony F.

      I am sure we will be doing this again.

      March 13, 2013

  • stacey

    Unfortunately I will no longer be able to make this one as I've come down with a bad illness. Hopefully you guys will do this trip again

    March 13, 2013

    • Tony F.

      I am sure we will be doing this again.

      March 13, 2013

  • Walt

    Have to work and have a hockey tourney to shoot

    March 11, 2013

  • Howard Y.

    I'll be there! If anyone wants to carpool from South Jersey, please let me know. We can meet at the parking lot by Wegmans on Route 70 and save some money on parking. I can take 3 other people in my car.

    March 7, 2013

    • Howard Y.

      Susan - you are confirmed. I've got one more seat left...

      March 10, 2013

    • Howard Y.

      Okay, looks like Aaron Oster (in this group) will also be in the car, so my car is full! And I'll be sure to take out the child seat so no one has to sit in a booster.

      March 11, 2013

  • Guillermo T.

    Looking forward to it

    March 11, 2013

  • Donna K

    Thanks Bob!

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Donna K

      Hibernating for the winter. Look forward to seeing you there!

      1 · March 8, 2013

    • Bob M.

      I had to change my RSVP, unfortunately. Hopefully, I'll see you at another event. Enjoy the week!

      March 11, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    Sorry but I totally mixed up my dates. Had a great time there....yesterday. Wrong Saturday. Im out for this weekend. It's my attention to detail that my friends appreciate...

    March 10, 2013

  • Shannon

    Just joined the group and I'm super excited about this outing! Looking forward to meeting you all and learning from your expertise! :)

    March 10, 2013

  • Harris J S.

    Not able to find release - at what site address should I look.
    Thanks

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, I am having trouble finding the form we need to fill out and bring with us. Would appreciate help finding it on the site.

    March 8, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Oh, one more thing. There is a general rules/release form in the files section. If folks could fill it out and bring a copy with them, it would be appreciated.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Art

    Unfortunately something came up that I must attend.

    March 7, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Since others will be in ESP the same time, this is what was suggested to us.

    You will be doing photography in the general public spaces only.
    In order to avoid the crowds I would suggest this:

    Right at 10:00AM most of the general admission will be arriving to take the general self guided history tour. They will be traveling along the same path...Headed to the east side of the property and then going up either cell block 1 or 2. Therefore, to avoid the crowds, I would recommend that at 10:00AM, your group head first to the following areas:
    Cell block 7
    Cell block 4
    The baseball field
    Cell block 15
    Cell block 8
    Cell block 9
    Area South of Al Capone’s cell

    Finally, I cut your cost down to 10 per person!
    You admission DOES INCLUDE general history programs as well.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Ok folks, some updates. Please confirm your status as we get closer, it will be really helpful with such a large group coming. Second, more important that usual, please be on time. ESP has knocked the admission down to $10 for us, with a $5 tripod fee (which is good all season) if you plan to use one. I will be paying the fees to ESP, and people can pay me. If you come late, you may have to pay full price.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Guy M.

    Sorry guys. I have to be in California for business. Makes me sick. Enjoy it. It is really an awesome place to shoot

    March 5, 2013

  • Tony F.

    Cost will be $11 per person, with a $5 charge if you wish to use a tripod.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Guy M.

    You can count me in for the visit to the private aisles. I will gladly pay the additional fee as these two/three sections are really amazing. If we go, we should plan on staying in the private section for a couple of hours at least (they rent by the hour). There are so many amazing photo opportunities there.

    1 · January 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would like in on this, what is the cost????

      1 · March 5, 2013

  • Bruce S.

    My wife wants to tag along.

    March 5, 2013

  • Walt

    Anyone want to car pool...I am in Feasterville

    March 4, 2013

  • Tony F.

    I have a message into my contact at ESP. As soon as I have an answer from her, I will let folks know.

    January 31, 2013

    • Howard Y.

      I'm fine with the extra fee if there is one.

      January 31, 2013

    • jane w.

      I'm interested too!

      February 24, 2013

  • Maria :.

    It'll be my first time @ ESP & 1st meetup w/this group :)

    February 23, 2013

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