Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #67 – Candid

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
– Karl Lagerfeld

Taking photos of people or animals when they have no idea that you’re doing it is called candid photography. One of the beautiful things with photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It adds natural life to your pictures. Even if my choices here are mostly in B&W, of course feel free to use what you find most suitable for your shots!

So, this week I thought we would go for candid photos of people or animals – Have fun with the challenge, and we are looking forward to seeing your candid finds!

It is always about keeping your eyes open and be prepared when an opportunity comes up – have your camera ready and just shoot.

Remember to take many photos…the digital cameras give us unique chances to choose which photos to keep or not:

Your first 1,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Sometimes it might feel a bit difficult to photograph people – at least if you are a shy person, like me. A great help can be if you have a longer lens that gives you the possibility to ”hide” behind it and still get close. With a little luck, and practice, you sometimes get one of those lovely smiles – or two.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

– Robert Capa

But, sometimes maybe you should not get too close – catching the moment is also catching your own feeling of what is in front of you…

Photography is a love affair with life. – Burk Uzzle

My photos were made in Bhutan, Morocco, Denmark and Georgia (Tbilisi).

Thank you for all the wonderful frames filled for Patti last week! If you haven’t seen her beautiful post yet – please pay her a visit!



215 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #67 – Candid

  1. […] I took this photo last June at the Louvre in Paris, at the meeting spot for our family group of four after a couple of hours roaming around individually. It’s not particularly complimentary to them, and I think maybe my son saw me taking it since he is looking right at the camera, but it’s a candid shot nonetheless. The person on my son’s left is just a random stranger. Posted for Lens-Artists’ photo challenge #67 – Candid. […]

  2. Here are my candid photos, no matter how I usually click between, past and through people. As for animals – all their photos are candid. 🙂 In any case, thank you for making me do this compilation. I love all your photos, especially the featured one.

  3. This was a great challenge: in fact this is a great group to be part of. I really feel I have to think, and learn something before participating. Now I really am determined not to shy away from taking a shot of those candid moments.

    • Yes, this is a great group to be part of! So glad you enjoy it too. We all learn from each other and I love that! Thank you being inspirational!

    • Excellent solution to the ”problem”! And still glad you enjoyed my photos, Laura. I have had to practice a lot to overcome my embarrasment with people.

  4. Hi Ann-Christine. You’ve shared some wonderful, candid photos. I rarely take photos of strangers, but a day at the beach in July allowed me to do so. odaciuk.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/farewell-to-summer-fun/

  5. Hi Leya ,they are all great photos. Thelad with Grandad on the phone and the cute cat through the railings or was it a website? 

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  6. Wonderful images, Ann-Christine. I especially love your first image with the cell phones and the fabulous canine. I keep thinking there will be a part of the world that hasn’t been affected by cell phones, but they really are ubiquitous! ”Candid” is another great theme. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. The most common definition for candids includes people in the frames, but I ”zoomed” onto your picture of three black cats chilling on the warm sun-lit street!

  8. A wonderful challenge for and the week, thank you very much for bringing out my favourite shooting mode Christine! Love the first one you posted, so much of expressions in those faces!

      • Digital has changed things though. I know people who snap off a thousand a day. For me, I think the ability to review your photos quickly gave me a much more fine-grained idea of what works and what doesn’t, but also pushed up the number of experimental shots I took by a very large amount. Not to mention that it also is cheaper to experiment with than film.

    • So happy you like the images, Nurul! And as I agree with you on the challenge being challenging…I hope we get less and less shy in the end. Animals are easier to shoot!

    • Those cats were certainly having a relaxing moment in the sun. And all cats and dogs in Tblisi were very well kept. Look at their shining coats!

  9. These are incredible! Part of me feels guilty taking photos of people when they don’t know it. I quickly get over that! I’m in London right now, will see if I can get some goodies tomorrow. Fun challenge 😉

    • Thank you, Tina! So glad you liked them – because it is not my speciality at all either. The opening photo is one of my greatest favorites ever.

  10. A beautiful set of candid photos. I love how you captured their expressions, especially the first one. Thank you for the wonderful tips, AC!

  11. Wonderful idea as a subject, Leya! I always loved candid photography and in fact as a travel photographer, this is what I’m doing vs. posed photography. Candid photography is a form a photojournalism – documentary photography. It’s not only about people not being aware, but mainly about people not posing for you. GREAT! I love your shots too 🙂

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