Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid Photography (Human or Animal)

Smile! You’re On Candid Camera

Here are a couple of candid photos of Cindy and Polly relaxing in the living room.

Cindy is about to doze off.
Polly is about to climb onto her favourite spot on the back of the couch.

Nearly all my photos of people are candid photos because I am too shy to ask people to pose. Here are a few from the archives.

Working on his boat


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Great photos. And I think candid photos are always better. When people in my family or friends want me to take photos of them, they always think we will do a lot of poses but I usually suggest we hang around for a while and let me decide when I take the photo. It’s a lot more natural. I also take some posed shots but they usually agree with me that the candid photos are very good and often even better. It especially works well if there is a third person so that they’re not concentrated on me or if there is an activity where I am just a spectator.

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  2. A lot of the articles I’ve read about photographing people say that it is better if they are doing something rather than just looking at the camera. Candid photography takes it a step further as the subject is often unaware of the photographer. My last one in this set is probably closer to street photography. I had been photographing pigeons but liked the guy in the beanie walking into the frame so left him in when I processed it. This is one that I think actually looks better in black and white.


    • I was pleased with how that one turned out and rather like the shop sign which actually says “Your Habitat” but looks like “our Habitat” in the photo. Quite appropriate I thought.


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