Lens-Artists Challenge #67 CANDID

“How candid the camera that captures the best of you.”

Martin Fry

girl, ocean, colorful

PENSIVE

I must admit that Ann-Christine’s challenge threw me for a bit of a loop this week. I am not one who typically shoots people without permission – nor am I one for asking permission.  This of course leaves me without many candid photographs. I’ve opened with a favorite capture of my great-niece, taken during a family beach vacation this summer. I love the many colors in the shot, but more than that I love her expression as she intently surveys the scene. What do you suppose lies beyond the edge of the photo that has so captured her attention despite what I remember to be complete chaos behind her?

arab at rest in Petra

MOMENT’S RESPITE

“I think, therefore I am, therefore I am photographable.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Continuing in the vein of serious expressions, the capture above is from our recent visit to Petra in Jordan. The subject is a Jordanian guide, seen taking refuge from the heat of the mid-day Jordanian sun. Because he was very intent on his phone, I was able to capture a candid image without being an annoyance.

Tourist, Glacier National Park

MISSING THE POINT

“People come in and out of your life, and a picture fixes them in the moment they reach out to you.”

Zu Vincent

I couldn’t resist taking the image above, which really makes me laugh. Here was a visitor standing in front of one of the most magnificent vistas ever, and she is looking in the complete opposite direction. What could she possibly be looking at that would be more interesting than the scene in front of her?

farmer feeding goats

FEEDING TIME

“There is nothing like capturing the moment.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

The farmer above was much too busy with his herd of goats to worry about being the focus of my lens. I find one of the best ways to capture a candid moment is to shoot while your subject is intently occupied with something else 😊. Clearly I distracted neither the farmer nor the goats from the task at hand.

orang jacket, snowstorm

BRAVING THE STORM

“If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.”

Kahil Gibran

Another way for a somewhat reticent photographer to capture a candid is to shoot from a distance. I loved the contrast of the subject’s bright orange jacket against the falling snow as he made his way through the storm. His distance from my lens allowed me to capture a shot without disturbing his moment of solitude.

Happily I’ve managed to find at least a few candids in response to Ann-Christine’s original post, and without digging into the archives! As always, she, Amy, Patti and I look forward to your joining us. Please remember to link your posts to her original here, and to tag them with the Lens-Artists tag.  We’ll hope to see you next week as well, as Amy provides us with challenge #68.

 

 

 

 

 

129 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #67 CANDID

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  2. The first photo is beautiful ~ first is just that perfect innocent curiosity of children and as you say, the colors. Perfect lighting. I always think candids are always the most difficult, but when executed well are so rewarding as it gives off a bit of the emotion of the place you are visiting. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  4. What a variety of sweet candids. It is a challenge (!) to photograph total strangers – I am also a bit uncomfortable doing so – but you caught some great moments. The first one especially so. I always enjoy the quotes you include too.

  5. I am not much into candid photography but as I think about this challenge and after seeing your examples, it appears I do more candid shots than I thought. Thanks for the inspiration.

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