Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] quiet cameras in cathedrals?
From: Paul Chefurka <>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 11:00:28 -0700

You remind me of the other side of that coin that I once experienced.  At a
Unitarian wedding I was chewed on by the minister for five minutes in front
of the whole congregation for taking a single shot of the bride and her
father coming into the church, after I had been told "no pics during the
ceremony".  It was a humiliating experience for everyone present, and a real
shocker to me - I was raised Unitarian and they are about the most
laissez-faire bunch one could imagine.

It just goes to show that peoples' reactions about what behaviours are
intrusive and disrespectful varies all over the map.  While common courtesy
may mitigate against, say, shooting flash pictures during a religious
ceremony, it's obviously not something that everyone finds offensive.
During Catholic weddings I've been urged up onto the altar to shoot with
flash during the ceremony _by the officiating priests_, with the
enthusiastic acceptance of the bride and groom.

People are a funny lot - it never pays to lay down hard and fast rules about


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dan Post []
>Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2000 12:26 PM
>Subject: Re: [Leica] quiet cameras in cathedrals?
>For what it's worth... zip, zilch, nada- probably, but when I 
>did weddings,
>I had the occasion to do several Roman Catholic weddings, and they were
>essentially masses. I had asked the presiding priest what the 
>etiquette was
>since I was a poor Ole Good Ole Methodist boy from the 
>hinterlands, and he
>explained to me that I could even use flash during the 
>ceremony (Though I
>demurred, and did available light shots from the rear of the church)