So I'm shooting pics at the Miami Valley Steam Thresher's Association's annual dig. I show up at 4:00 PM to see an old oilfield diesel engine fired up -- quite an impressive affair. As the thing chugs to life, a group of boys with suspenders and black straw fedoras start talking with one of them, and he's demonstrating something to the kids and to a farmer in a bill cap. It was an interesting interaction, and so I photographed it. Shortly afterwards, I noticed some more conventionally attired Amish people walking around, and I realized the kids in the black fedoras were with them. I did expect Amish to be in the area (Plain City, Ohio), but I didn't expect them to be sporting black fedoras (but made of straw) and oggling oilfield equipment. I guess boys are boys, and big machines are big machines. Anyway, the picture came out pretty good, and I'm trying to figure out whether to use it. It's not my wish to use a photo against the objections of the subjects. I'm just trying to figure out whether they'd have objected. The kids' heads are turned to the side, so none are identifiable. I don't think there are any "prideful" aspects to the photo, as the kids weren't posing, and it's not exactly like this was a senior picture. The photograph is documentary in nature and would not be used commercially. Also it doesn't belittle anyone or paint anyone as odd. It's just a documentary photograph -- part of a photo series on the people of this country. Nothing ground shattering. Nothing that special. I've searched PN and find numerous nonauthoritative references to the Amish not wanting to be photographed, but I also searched the web and found this article... http://www.amishcountryimages.com/Photographing.htm ... that says that when asked, Amish will decline to be photographed, but only because consenting would be like posing, which would be prideful. It further states that the author's Amish friends could care less about being photographed. I've seen some photography of Amish on that site and also elsewhere, in which adult Amish subjects were unposed but apparently quite aware and unconcerned about the photographer's presence. I've even seen posed images of adult Amish with their children. However, most photos of the Amish are of children and of adults with their backs turned. One of the more interesting/telling photos might have been this one... http://www.amishcountryimages.com/tmp/Sp094.htm ... of mostly children, with some adults, in which most seem unconcerned, but one man might be covering his face by tilting his hat. And then I read this article, which seems more authoritative and sensitive to cultural issues... http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/how_do_you_photograph_the_amis.php ... which seems to show some acceptance of documentary photography and further points out that Amish children are not yet baptized and are not subject to the same restrictions adults. It's noteworthy that the parents of the boys I was photographing were close by and did not ask me not to photograph them. I was holding a 5D with a 70-200/4, so it's not as though I was inconspicuous. So now I'm totally confused. Any thoughts? Thanks!