Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid Shots

I don’t do a lot of candid shooting mainly because I’m not involved in that kind of event very often. But, as it happened, the event at the Tuskegee Airmen was a bonanza of candid shooting. Here are a few starring Garry Armstrong and others. There were a lot of set up shots. I took pictures between the set up shots because the “caught between” pictures are much more interesting.

Garry, waiting for the show to start

One of the scholarship winners
On mic

Here is one Garry took of me. Garry was busy for much of the event, so I took most of the pictures. I like this one, though. I am watching the skies.

Photo: Garry Armstrong – I was watching for the flight that had gone up!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. I tend to shoot people more in candid settings than formal or posed — somehow the shots are always much more interesting and much more like the people! BTW, I had a nice thank you from the Airmen today!

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    1. Not only more interesting. Also more flattering. People who are doing things are relaxed and it shows in their faces. The most difficult part of formal portraits is to get your subject to RELAX. That’s why we have funny commentary. Anything to get them to give a natural smile. Garry is a terrible subject for formal portraits. He just freezes. But when he’s moving and doing stuff, he’s fine. He has no problem with film, but he is awful in stills. Go figure, right?

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        1. They don’t have a lot to work with, but they get a surprising amount done anyway. A lot of much bigger organizations seem to get nothing done. Maybe it’s the smallness. They don’t have a huge staff or a gigantic board. Everyone knows everyone else. They talk, they decide, they get it done. I never donate anything to the huge groups. They keep 95% of the money and give very little. These guys keep pretty much nothing and give it all away.

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    2. Slmret, thanks for what you did for the Airmen!

      Regards candid shots: They’re almost always more interesting than posed shots. I cannot, for all the vanity in me, do a decent posed shot unless Marilyn works her magic. The shots of the taller gent and me: I told him he could double for Denzel Washington. He told me he gets Sidney Poitier a lot. Marilyn’s first B&W pic of me is most flattering. She put a lot of her artistry into it. I could almost vote for that guy.

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      1. When people know you’re photographing them, they try to portray themselves as they think people want to see them — with candids, they don’t know you’re shooting at a particular moment, and they are more natural, more themselves! Hah — he does look somewhat like either Denzel Washington or Sidney Poitier! And I could definitely vote for either that first shot or the one on the mic — both honest, forthright people!

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            1. Well, we have the outside red part finished. The white sidelights need a second coat. AND we need trim on the outside, which Owen has to make to fit.

              We still need to do the INSIDE. We have the previous indoor trim saved, so we can just put that up.

              I have to wait until next month to buy paint for the interior. Paint, brushes, and maybe those mini-rollers and a couple of pans. No money till then. Poverty truly sucks wind.


    1. I likw black & white for portraits. They used to be the industry standard for “head shots” for reporters, models, actors, etc. Even now, a lot of people like them. Lighting is more dramatic, too. Sometimes, I forget how good they can look, but since Cee came up with this and for once, I actually had some pictures to work with ….

      I don’t get a lot of candid shots. Like you, I’m not generally in places with a lot of people to shoot. This was rare 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Cee. We take a lot of pictures of each other. It’s almost a game to see if we can get flattering pictures. Garry’s pretty easy, as long as he’s doing something and not just standing there, staring into the camera 🙂


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