The next entry that I am making in this section dates from the time that I was doing my MBA. This periods marks the time that I started to puff up like a swollen fish, and the time that I became rather pompous about my photography. I will return to that theme later.
For now, I have something more immediate to talk about, and this may come as a bit of a surprise to some. Apart from other things, I do a fair bit of street photography and, whenever I can get away, I do landscape work. I also walk around a lot of old forts as well.
Now, it is no secret that I live in a hot country, and this year is particularly bad because we have not had any rain. Over the last few days, I have been walking around the holy towns of Mathura and Vrindavan photographing the towns and the pilgrims who are here. 6 million in one town, and 2 million in the other.
It’s hot and humid, and I have been walking around with my camera bag and tripod. Pretty much from 5 am to 11 pm.
To do photography, you need to be centred within yourself. You cannot be fluttering around like a hapless butterfly. While I have been tempted to eat all the goodies that are being sold, I have preferred to eat light. Eating heavy means that I run the risk of getting a stomach upset, or feeling too heavy to walk!
Hydration, lots of it, is critical. In this weather, if you don’t drink water, the chances of a heat stroke rise. And, I mean water. Not colas!
Wear a hat!
Most important, you need to be physically fit. I remember reading this comment by a landscape photographer a few years back. At that time, I looked like two Humpty Dumpty’s rolled into one, and I scoffed at the gentleman’s comment. Since then, I have come to realise the truth of what he said. Apart from giving me the ability to last the days, I can (now!!) squat and bend and shoot from angles I could not earlier. I am fitter now than I was in my twenties.
It has helped my photography!