Washington Photo Safari director and architectural photographer E. David Luria will guide you as you take your pictures.
Winter Solstice Safari at the Washington National Cathedral
Photograph the National Cathedral illuminated by the Golden Rays of Light of the Winter Solstice
Join Elody Crimi on an exciting behind the scenes, hidden gems photo adventure and tour of the National Cathedral during this special time of year when the beautiful golden light of the Winter Solstice comes through the stained-glass windows of the South nave and shines deep, glowing colors of light onto the pillars and architecture through the Nave.
Elody is the co-author of Jewels of Light (the book on the stained-glass windows of the Cathedral) the production manager for the recently published art book: Rowan LeCompte, Master of Stained Glass, and is the photo curator in the Archives of the Cathedral. She is experienced and familiar with all the passageways and “secret” niches to sensational vantage points, not seen on a typical tour of the Cathedral.
The tour will start at the West End of the Cathedral for a brief 20-minute photo talk to discuss any technical questions you might have regarding your cameras and equipment. We will then proceed into the Nave and walk along the center aisle to take photos of the light coming through the South Nave windows onto the pillars. We will then proceed to the Northwest Tower and climb the stairs to the 7th floor, enjoying the hidden stained-glass windows and architecture on the various levels (we’ll also stop along the way to go underneath the West Rose window – with a magnificent view of the Nave). Also on the tour: a walk along the South Triforium level of the Nave, the Overcroft, South Balcony and South Stairwell.
The safari fee includes a $45 donation to the Cathedral.
- Any camera (DSLR, point and shoot, iPhone, iPad, Galaxy phones, etc.)
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Water and snacks
Check in at the front desk when you arrive at the West Front (follow the signs for visitors). Note: The safari fee includes a $45 donation to the Cathedral, and your name will be on a special sign-in sheet at the front desk. Proceed then to the Nave and go to the Docent’s desk (Elody will be there to meet you).
Elody Crimi is an award-winning photographer and instructor, specializing in landscape and fine art photography. Davanti Photo, her studio in Rockville, MD, offers both photographic services and workshops for the digital camera, as well as Photoshop, HDR, Smartphone photography and private instruction. She is also the Photo Curator in the Archives Dept. at Washington National Cathedral, and the co-author of Jewels of Light, the guide to the stained-glass windows at the Cathedral. She has a BA in Art from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received her certificate in Professional Photography from the Washington School of Photography. In addition, she was with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for 37 years in the Creative Services Division in various managerial and financial roles.