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    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    I traveled to Philadelphia, PA this past week to see the Phillies play and mark a stadium off of my list. While there I wanted to check out ESP and take a few pictures, luckily, it was not that busy. and of course, i had to grab a cheesesteak...

    a little history:
    Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
    Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts.
    Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.


    All images were taking with OMD and prime lenses, processed in LR4 converted to b&w with VSOC using mostly Fuji Neopan 1600 to get the feel i was looking for.

    Complete Set On Flickr Eastern State Penitentiary
    set on my website with slideshow Leading Line Photography - Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    cell block 1_ by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    cell block 7 by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    cell from hell by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    down the cell block by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    Eastern State by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    hospital gate by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    into the hospital by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    the light at the end by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    through gate color by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
    Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography
    through the hospital gate by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
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    very little light by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
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    visitor chair by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr
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    Watch Tower by Leading Line Photography, on Flickr

    hope you enjoyed!

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    Yes I did. Excellent use of B&W and lighting. The sombre subject matter demands nothing less. Comparing #9 and #10 illustrates this point far more eloquently than mere words from me. Very nice captures.

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    just love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucci View Post
    Yes I did. Excellent use of B&W and lighting. The sombre subject matter demands nothing less. Comparing #9 and #10 illustrates this point far more eloquently than mere words from me. Very nice captures.
    Thank you for your kind words

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    A very appealing set. You had a great day at the penitentiary.

    Considering that I'm a Nationals fan and that the Nats and Phillies are in the same division, I hope the home team lost at your baseball outing.

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    Brian - thanks for sharing these! I had to get my husband to come look through your slideshow with me. That's the kind of place we love to visit - it's now on our list!

    And I agree - the photos definitely look great in B&W. Very nice.

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    Excellent images of a horrible place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    A very appealing set. You had a great day at the penitentiary.

    Considering that I'm a Nationals fan and that the Nats and Phillies are in the same division, I hope the home team lost at your baseball outing.
    First off, thank you for you comments..

    second, yes the phillies lost. I am actually a long time O's fan. My future sister in law dates the phillies, now bench coach. so i see alot of phillies games throughout the season.

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    Brian - very nice set. I love the treatment. The B&W is just what this subject needs.

    I like #1 and #7 best. I think I'd crop #1 just a tiny bit tighter - just enough to lose the white column on the right side.

    This place is now officially on my visit list - thanks!

    Well done.

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    Number 1 is Adams-esque!

    Great shots.

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    A spectacular series. I couldnt wait to see the next one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamn4ex View Post
    A spectacular series. I couldnt wait to see the next one!
    thanks to all! any criticism is always welcome!

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    Nice work Brian. You captured the feeling of ESP very well. Being from Philly I know this place very well. Try to get back to town around Halloween to visit during their Halloween tour. It will scare the xxxx out of you.

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    A good reminder that one does not want to be locked up.

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    Now those are some haunting daylight images.

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    High quality stuff! I felt myself like playing resident evil when seeing this . Thanks for sharing!

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    Excellent job Brian!

    All look great!

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    great set any problems/issues with omd as i'm thinking of getting one

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    Re: Eastern State Penitentiary - Photography

    I really enjoyed watching the slideshow, excellent, thank you for sharing.

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