Black & White Challenge: candid photography

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    Welcome!

    This challenge is all about learning to 'think - see - create' in black & white and not just randomly converting color photos. Only new black and white photos taken during the week of this challenge, please!

    Some thoughts to go with challenge #16: Candid photography is actually photographing people in a certain situation without them knowing they are being photographed and therefore cannot prepare for it. What is strived for isn't people posing as a model, but spontaneity and the freezing of the moment.

    So, have fun!


     
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    I still occasionally take my trusty little Nikon N1AW1 out to play around with it, and today was walking around campus and spotted this woman working on the landscape, weeding a garden. She said hello to me, which is quite unusual for an elderly person here in China to do, so I had a conversation with her and she was delightful. I asked if I could make a photo of her and this is the shot that I chose, of the five images made. Hope you enjoy.

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    This is a nice, posed portrait, but it does not belong in this candid photography challenge.
    The characteristic of candid photography is to photograph the human being without them being aware of it, not being given the opportunity to pose and thus obtaining an image as lifelike as possible. The hallmark of candid photography is spontaneity, it is the technique of freezing one moment in life, also notice my info in the OP
     
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    Would be nice to be asked about this prior to making a public statement that is incorrect. She was speaking to me when I shot this. Not posed. Thanks for this though. No more for me here.
     
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    Nothing as fun as Zulu's fantastic shots of the kids, but this past Monday found us outside the Apple Store waiting for our purchase to be brought out to us. I thought I'd whip out the phone. I used to use the Hipstamatic app with its filters of Lowy lens and Blackeys XF film quite a bit years ago. I really liked the shadows and that no one was looking at a phone.

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    I don't think that the subject being unaware of the camera is a required part of what is called "candid photography". In one way candid means frank and honest... Not necessarily voyeuristic or hidden camera. I think any picture of people going about their daily business without the photographer directing them into a specific pose falls under the umbrella of candid photo. I would strongly disagree that "candid" photos require that the subject be totally unaware of the camera.
     
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    Yes, I always interpreted candid as being " unposed or undirected ".
     
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    While I totally agree with your more broad definition of candid, the way Gerard wrote the brief narrowed the definition for this week's theme. If Gerard would like to broaden the scope for this theme, fine or if he would like to keep the more narrowed definition, fine. I'm good either way.
     

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