Being a middle-aged woman comes with lots of different challenges and one of those is the photography outings. It isn’t the same as it was when I was in my 20’s. So much as changed.
This is going to be the second in a series of posts about being middle-aged, a woman and trying to be a photographer. Last week I talked about the invisibility factor. It was a fairly serious subject, but today I thought I might look at what it is like to go out to take photos.
The Middle-Aged Woman and Photography Outings
There is no doubt that going out as a woman in her 50’s is in some ways different to a woman in her 20’s. Okay, maybe it is just me. I know what sorts of things I would have done in my 20’s compared to now.
It isn’t all good, and some of it just sucks really. Getting old can be such a pain, I mean who asks for this stuff. There are so many things, well a few of them, that you have to consider when going out. Now these might not relate to other people my age, but
they are specific things that I’ve found.
They aren’t all good, actually, maybe some of them aren’t. They are more like things that I need or want when I go out.
1 – Looking for Coffee while out
Without a doubt when I go out to take photos coffee has to be part of the plan. I would like to say good coffee but when you are out in the middle of nowhere you can’t always get it.
Some people are real coffee snobs, and you could call me one a little bit. Coffee can be coffee and I will accept what it is wherever I am. However, one thing that is really hard is how hot they make it. Nothing worse than a coffee that is too hot to drink. It was something I found a lot when I was in the US.
The perfect temperature is one that you can drink straight away, but not skull. You want to be able to enjoy it without it getting too cold quickly, or burning your tongue.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. It is nice to go somewhere where you know there will be somewhere for coffee and even lunch. Though now that I’m a vegetarian I’m finding the food thing another issue altogether.
2 – Toilets, bathrooms, lous, dunnies whatever you call them
Yeah, with all that coffee having access to public toilets if even more important. Something about getting older and the bladder not being that good.
Yeah, I know, TMI*.
It is true though. I have to confess that I know where nearly every public toilet is in the city of Melbourne. Though that is probably an exaggeration. I believe there is an app for your phone that will tell you where they are.
Shall we move onto the next one.
3 – Car parking near your subject
My gear is heavy, it is and I don’t want to carry it too far, so I like to be able to park near where I am going to take photos.
My days of hiking for kilometres is long gone. Now that probably has nothing to do with my age, but more to do with my fitness. Still, my back starts to ache if I have to walk too far with my gear.
If the car park is a bit of a distance if I can, I will just carry my camera and the other bits I need. Being lazy makes me think this way. I will blame it on that.
4 – Perfect Weather
Once upon a time I would have gone out no matter what the weather. Rain hail or shine.
Time is important now and who wants to waste a day going out if it might be raining?
Though perfect weather doesn’t necessarily mean a beautiful day and in fact if there is a big blue sky, I stay home as well.
What are the perfect conditions for me, well, lots of clouds, but no rain? I think I prefer no sun as well. Though those conditions are getting harder to find. In summer it is impossible. So I have to try and make the most of those times when the weather is good.
5 – Middle-Aged Agility
Maybe I should have called this flexibility. In my head, I can still do the things I was doing in my twenties. Like jumping around everywhere. Being able to climb over big rocks and down them again.
You get what I mean, in my head I’m still like Superman. Nothing can stop me. Well, that is until I try to do something and everything goes stiff. I catch myself thinking I can jump off a rock and all I can feel is how much my knees will hurt if I do it.
Again this could be about fitness, who knows. Still, I feel like when I crouch down to take photos and it is a lot harder to get back up. The bones and joints creak. I hear them, I do. Really.
There are the main ones I can think of that affect my photography these days. Being a middle-aged woman and going out on photography outings does come with new challenges. What about you? Do you have others that I haven’t thought of?
I’m sure you don’t have to be just a woman to experience many of these. I know many men face some of these challenges as well.
*TMI – Too Much Information