Mar 25th Field Trip


Harrisburg Camera Club Field Trip
Eastern State Penitentiary
March 25th, 2017

The Harrisburg Camera Club is taking a field trip on March 25th to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  This field trip will include access to several areas traditionally closed off to the public - Soup Alley, the Operating Room, and Death Row.  We will have access to these areas from 9-10am, before the penitentiary
opens. Afterwards, the public areas of the penitentiary are open from 10:00am-5:00pm.

The cost per person is $30.00. An equipment pass is included, which allows members to bring a tripod, monopod, or easel. This is a $10.00 value and is valid for one year. The camera club will subsidize $5.00 for each member, making the cost $25.00.

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 prisoners.

Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

We will carpool from the Giant Grocery Store parking lot in Camp Hill, next to Arby’s on Saturday, March 25th, leaving at 6:45am.  Travel time is approx. 2 hours and should get us to the penitentiary before 9:00am.

What to bring: your admission fee (collected before departing), a fully charged battery, extra batteries, extra digital cards, a tripod, possibly a flash for fill flash and/or reflector to throw additional light in dark places, wired/wireless trigger for camera, a macro lens and/or a wide angle, a polarizer for cutting glare and reflections, and money for gas and tolls for your driver.