Physical Fitness & Photography

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.

Strange, huh?

It has helped my photography!

15 Comments

  1. I know what you mean. I once worked as a video cameraman who did field work shooting documentaries. It can be strenuous work lugging around all the equipment.

      1. Ah, the Expert has Spoken, so the Wise Man would do well to keep Quiet.

        But She is Right. Your life is NOT limited to taking some nice photographs. If Our Earning and everything else is NOT for the Family, then what IS it for?

        Hope You are giving, taking and making enough Time for the All Important Family, my Dear Rajiv! My Regards to Your Wife and to You! 🙂

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