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Grace Cathedral Ribbons of Light / Morning

Before you RSVP to this event, PLEASE read the entire event description, including the last line. The Group Guidelines were provided to me by the church, and I will be the only person signing off for our entire group. 

I am posting two separate events, a MORNING time slot and an AFTERNOON time slot so that we can accommodate as many people as possible. This is the MORNING event. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONE TIME SLOT ONLY. If we find that one or the other time slot does not fill up, you may be given the option of changing. There are no other events happening at the church on April 10th, so you will have lots of time and room to explore the church. More information to come prior to the event.

GEAR: Tripods and wide angle lenses, but please refrain from using any flash.

There are plenty of reasons for photographers and artists to visit Grace Cathedral: John De Rosen murals, a replica of Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise," two labyrinths, a Keith Haring altarpiece and a 44-bell carillon. For nearly a year, Anne Patterson, the cathedral's 2013 artist in residence, has provided yet another reason.

Patterson, a New York installation artist and director, is responsible for "Graced With Light" - a music-inspired installation that features nearly 20 miles of multi-hued ribbons cascading from the church's vaulted ceiling arches. The piece - which was to be on view through early fall last year - has proven so popular that it will stay up until Easter. 

Grace Cathedral Group Photography Guidelines:

We are happy that you are interested in photography at Grace Cathedral. In order to lessen any chance of misunderstanding, please review the following carefully. 

The cathedral is a sacred space. While you are photographing, other people will be in the building praying, meditating or walking the labyrinth. In a sacred space, whether it is a church, temple or mosque, there are some types of pictures that are just not appropriate:

• No fashion photographs are allowed inside the building. If it is clear that your focus is on someone modeling clothing, makeup or hairstyle, you will be asked to leave the building.

• Inappropriate poses such as mock crucifixions, elaborate costumes, references to bondage, or anything similar will also result in your being told to leave.

Working within these guidelines of what is appropriate: 

• Do not begin your work earlier than the time assigned for your group. Please plan your work so that you are finished (including packing up your gear) within the allotted time. 

• No photography is allowed during church services, whether large or small.

• No photography of any person without that person’s permission. Do not interrupt people to ask for permission if they are praying, meditating or walking the labyrinth.

• Do not place anything on the floor that might be a trip hazard – cords, unattended tripods, lights, etc.

• Do not move any furniture, including chairs.• Do not climb on any structures (pews, altar rail, etc.) or stand on chairs. If you need height, please bring your own ladder.

• Photography is allowed only within those areas of the building that are open to the public. You will not be allowed access to any non-public area including the gallery, the catwalks or closed chapels.

• Do not bring any food or drink with you into the cathedral. If you need a snack, there is a Peet’s coffee cart with sandwiches, salads and desserts available much of the day on the lower level of the building. All food and drink must be consumed at the Peet’s cart or outside the building. With my RSVP to this event, I acknowledge that I have read these guidelines and that I will abide by them. 

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  • Allen H.

    Jan, It was a very nice event. Thank you for make all the arrangements.

    April 11, 2014

  • Steve G

    A great opportunity to photograph an art installation I wouldn't have known about otherwise. Thanks again for organizing this Jan. I got to meet some new people and had a great time photographing around SF as well.

    April 11, 2014

  • Marebeth G.

    Thank you Jan, it was great to see you after almost a year. This was beautiful and breathtaking. Perfect timing for the ribbons and the time of year. I agree with everyone that it was such an architectural gemstone. Loved how everyone was courteous, respectful and so friendly. I got to meet some new people too. Thanks again.

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • Jerome

    A very beautiful church...!!! Plenty of photo ops throughout..Once again, Jan, you came through..And thanks, Elizabeth for suggesting...

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • AmesK

    A very unique architectural and sculptural space to shoot. Very enjoyable and wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you Jan and Elizabeth.

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • Charlie

    What a treat. Beautiful display and cathedral. Thanks Jan for setting this event up and an extra thanks to Elizabeth for suggesting it!

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • Neil T.

    I rode public transportation to this meet up event. I went to the early morning event, 9:30am, and I had a great time. I will post some photos after I get this images into Adobe Lightroom. Thank You Jan !

    2 · April 10, 2014

  • John J.

    Great location, great group of photographers!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Elizabeth S.

    The best way to start my day! An inspirational experience! Beauty everywhere! The liturgical music was a treat. Thank you Jan for making this happen!

    4 · April 10, 2014

  • regina m.

    I live in Sonoma County. Anyone else here from my area. I'd like to know . Perhaps we share driving?

    April 10, 2014

  • Laurie F.

    Rats! I was somehow disconnected from my Meetups, so never heard about it! Can I collect on a rain check? (Just kidding--I'll have to go on my own.) Great photo op--Thanks, Jan. Laurie

    April 10, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Any last minute cancellations?

    April 10, 2014

    • Paul H

      For those that are missing this, the Grace Cathedral website says the installation will now be up until May 6th, so there will be a little more time to photograph it. I think I'll try for next Saturday, myself.

      April 10, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    So any last inure cancellations?

    April 10, 2014

  • Pauline D.

    In case I do get bumped up last minute, is anyone traveling from the North Bay whom I could travel with? Still waiting to hear.

    April 10, 2014

  • Jan L.

    It's going to very cool tomorrow in the morning, dress warm! Remember, if you get bumped up to go, and you can't make it, please UPDATE!!

    April 9, 2014

    • Pauline D.

      So how will we know if we're bumped up? Thanks.

      April 9, 2014

    • Jan L.

      If someone cancels and changes their RSVP to not going, then the next person at the top of the waiting list will get bumped up automatically to "going" and will receive an email letting them know.

      April 9, 2014

  • Neil T.

    I am looking forward to this event !

    April 9, 2014

  • Allen H.

    Marebeth,

    I will car pool with you if you have room and am available for more photo ops after the cathedral. If you are returning right away that will work as well. We can share the gas costs etc.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Arnold D.

    Been on the wait list and did not expect it to open. Sorry but I can't make it tomorrow morning. Hope it's not too late for someone to get my spot.

    April 9, 2014

  • AmesK

    I am in for tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

    April 9, 2014

  • Jim T.

    Sorry to be a Last Min Larry.......but found out need to sign papers to refinance the house. I've changed my RSVP

    April 9, 2014

  • Marebeth G.

    If anyone wants to carpool, I will drive from Sacramento

    March 10, 2014

    • Marebeth G.

      Ok

      March 18, 2014

    • Allen H.

      Marebeth, Is a car pool forming from the Sac area. I live in Rocklin and can meet somewhere along the way. Are you planning on taking in any other photo ops along the way. I am available for an all day shoot if you are.

      April 9, 2014

  • Rich

    I am from Davis and can be part of the car pool.

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Steve G

      Marebeth, I sent you an email.

      1 · April 8, 2014

    • Marebeth G.

      Ok will check

      April 8, 2014

  • Pauline D.

    Is there any way to know where we are on the wait list? I'm not sure what the likelihood is that I'm busy or free on Thurs. Knowing how many are ahead of me would help. Thanks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Paul H

    I just got assigned to be out of town the rest of the week, so I need to miss this...I was really looking forward this shoot! Have fun folks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Charlie

    Looks like I made the cut... Can carpool from Sac or pick up on the way. I do plan on returning as soon as our time is up... any interest message me.

    April 8, 2014

  • Suzanne G. C.

    O.K., I read them again.
    Jan: Do you plan to take Model Release forms with you?

    April 1, 2014

    • Jan L.

      No, because we will not be shooting any models in the church.

      April 7, 2014

  • Rich

    Unfortunately, a conflict has developed on my calendar. However, this opens up a spot for someone who wants to attend this event.

    April 7, 2014

  • Pauline D.

    Can you tell us anything about how the above photo was shot?

    March 31, 2014

    • Jan L.

      Pauline, this was most likely shot above the main floor with a wide angle lens. It's a stock image.

      April 7, 2014

  • Evelyn

    I would be interested in attending this event.

    March 23, 2014

  • Lori S.

    Hopefully I will be back in Florida at that time! sounds like fun!

    March 9, 2014

  • Jim T.

    This will be my first meetup with this group. What an outstanding way to start. Really looking forward to it after viewing the image posted-amazing.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Amory

    Hi Jan ... What an amazing place! Have seen it from the outside for years, but to be able to go inside now. I'm excited! I will be bringing Peter so it's me +1. Thanks.

    March 9, 2014

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