Lens-Artists Challenge #67 CANDID

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

Martin Fry

girl, ocean, colorful


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


“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


“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


“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


“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.






130 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #67 CANDID

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  3. I love shooting “stealth: candids of all sorts of people in different situations, but I am sensitive about how they are portrayed, and end up deleting most of my shots. My wife doesn’t like me taking photos of strangers, so I usually refrain when I’m out with her. However, my cell phone is still always handy to capture something interesting – although mostly scenery and flower close-ups.

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  6. Lovely photos Tina. Children are great candid subjects aren’t they. Like you, I don’t take many and the ones I do are from a distance usually of my family. Sneakily!

  7. A candid is precisely how you defined it – a photo of a person completely focused on something in which you haven’t asked their permission (and wouldn’t). I have a handful in my photo files, ask me why I had taken the shot, I can’t fathom an explanation now. At the moment, I probably could … maybe. 🙂

    Side note: In Europe, however, many of the countries have “privacy in public” laws in place which make candids unlawful. Permission is required to take a candid. As such, I wouldn’t call an “allowed candid” a candid at all.

  8. Candids are fun, but like you, I don’t take too many, Tina. Love the orange coat in the snow. I caught a similar one of my hubby in the unexpected snow in Sedona earlier this year but he posed. Sometimes those candid shots speak volumes. The little girl at the beach is adorable! She looks like she is deciding which bucket to play with!

  9. Candid is multi-layered and you’ve provided an array of its meaning and interpretation. But then each of us has our own instincts about its place behind the lens. “Feeding Time” seems to evoke most people’s idea of candid, and the surprise on his face is a “candid” reaction.

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  11. Dear Tina Ji you are not only a talented photographer but also a gifted story writer. Your words profoundly enrich the images and capture the reader’s heart as well.

  12. We have the same problem with this kind of photograph, but in my case, I don’t even dare ask permission, so I usually lose the photo… 😦
    Despite your difficulty with candid photos, you have shown us great examples. I love the photo of your great-niece.

  13. You are a pro, Tina! The guide in Jordan made me smile because I thought he was hiding from gunfire rather than checking his phone! I thought he needed to keep his head down 🙂 🙂 And the lady in the midst of all that splendour? She must have been there before!

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  15. Great photos. Love the beach girl. “Eenie, meenie, mineee, mo, Catch a bucket by the toe…” Or, to paraphrase Mae West, “so many buckets, so little time.” RE: Missing the Point, “…but there is a herd of bears running towards me!” The farmer with the goats was peeking at you. Good peripheral vision. “Does she think I do this for show?” Ha. Did I mention, great photos?

  16. I love the colors in that first shot, Tina, and I really like the shot of the farmer as well. I also don’t take many photos of people so I first considered going with candid shots of animals. 🙂


  17. ” I am not one who typically shoots people without permission – nor am I one for asking permission.” – sounds just like me! I love your first and last photos. I shall see if I have any that meet this challenge.

  18. Thanks. Hope you are well. Love the beach pic. Toni

    On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 3:52 PM Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: “”How candid the camera that captures the best of > you.” Martin Fry 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 permissio” >

  19. You did manage to rise to the theme — I like the lines up buckets with great-niece photo and imagining chaos behind her seemed hard to imagine – the calmness was so strong.
    And the orphanage jacket guy did stand out in that snow –
    Such nice life moments you gave us for the candid theme

      • it did look like a zen moment – and I enjoyed all the commentary with each photo (like the lady looking away from the mountains ) well first I looked at all the pics and soaked them up – then I read… nice to have my own take and then hear from the shooter (yikes – shooter sounds rough)
        and I am now thinking about my photos for a post for Leya’s theme – we recently went to the place where Woodsoock was held and I am thinking of that – or some pics from Atlanta – (maybe I will flip a coin)

  20. And you said you did not have any…these are all perfect and very lovely! What really caught my eye was the snowy one – how great to spot that orange jacket in all the white. And Missing the point really had me smiling!

      • Haha – well, then we have something in common…In Sweden nowadays it is so difficult to get an opportunity to photograph people. And children – never. Internet is the villain. In many other countries there is so much fun, and people like it.

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