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    Zone focus ahead of time, pre-set your exposure settings, and frame fast... then hope. But never forget what you said, "People deserve their privacy..."

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    I got a few candid shots several years ago by using a camera with a waist level finder and pretending to be checking and adjusting the controls. If the camera is hanging by its strap at your waist, it looks a lot less like you're getting ready to take a picture. People nowadays associate picture taking with bringing the camera to eye level or holding it in front of the face.
    Happiness is a load of bulk chemicals, a handful of recipes, a brick of film and a box of paper. - desertrat

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    Put a TLR in a giant Teletubby plush toy, then hang it around your neck. You'll look weird as all get-out but nobody will bother you as they'll think you're certifiably nuts. That, or scale focus and frame loose so you have plenty of room to crop if the in-camera composition is wonky.

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    At the telephone office...

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    Using any of my Nikon F/F2/F3 bodies, I just remove the finder (or use a WLF) and hold the camera at waist level. Pre-focus the lens and frame the shot looking down at the focusing screen. You can even face away from your subject with the lens pointed in their direction. I just try to act like I'm fiddling with the camera.

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    My advice on this subject is the same as I always give to this sort of question, use as small a 35mm camera as possible with the smoothest edge profile, something like an Olympus XA, so it won't be too painful when one of your subjects who takes offence at being photographed eventually stick it where the sun don't shine
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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    At the telephone office...
    Hahaha. Indeed.

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    i use box cameras and modified box cameras all the time
    people have no idea what i am using.

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    Modified for pinholes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    Modified for pinholes?
    Actually, that reminds me, I'm in the process of setting up a few old suitcases for pinhole use with paper negs. Not sure if it'll be appropriate for snapshots of people with long exposures, but it sure is discrete...
    (as discrete as you can get pointing a suitcase at someone and opening a flap over the pinhole. At least I decided against a real shutter with a cable-release, somehow walking around carrying a suitcase with a cable sticking out of it might arouse suspicion of precisely the wrong kind...)
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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