I often take “blind” shots with the camera held casually at waist level with the LCD off. Do it often enough and you get an idea of what’s going to be in the frame, sort of. A benefit of this technique, besides stealth, is that everything’s a surprise when you open it up on-screen.
I was walking around at lunch today with the camera set to manual focus for close sidewalk shots. These three girls came around the corner and I pressed the shutter.
Opening it just now, I looked at the two girls in the centre of the frame before my eye started looking for something (anything) in focus.
I did smile, and while I took other, more technically perfect, shots, this one amused me the most.
Sigma DP2, ISO100, 1/400 sec., f/2.8