It’s a story as old as Adam and Eve: the so-called battle of the sexes. Men and women just see things differently. One popular book even describes us as coming from different planets. But are we really that different? Aren’t we all the same on the inside? Of course we are. To prove the point, I present a hypothetical conversation between a pair of photographers (one female and one male) and their friend. The female I will call Kate and the male I will call Phil.
Friend: I hear you just got back from a photo vacation to Greece.
Kate: Oh yes, it was so beautiful and so relaxing. Have you been?
Phil: Oh yea, man, it was awesome. I had my D850 with the holy trinity of lenses – you know: 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 all f2.8. Plus I picked up a Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 Distagon before the trip just to add some bokehlicious images.
Friend: Did you see a lot of the country or stay in one place?
Kate: After landing in Athens I spent the night to recover from the long flight. I spent the rest of the time in a charming island village called Santorini. I am on vacation to relax, so I figured there is no point in trying to do too much.
Phil: I was everywhere! I was out shooting from dawn to dusk, staying in a different place every night. I mean what is the point of flying all the way over there and not seeing it all?
Friend: Oh that sounds wonderful. How was the food?
Kate: It was very good. I found this cute little seaside cafe and the owner used fresh local ingredients.
Phil: They had some killer beer. After shooting the sunset on Santorini from every angle, I found this great dive bar on a side street. The bartender gave me some local dark ale – I forget what it was called – but it sure wasn’t Coors Light! I mean it really packed a punch.
Friend: Were the people friendly?
Kate: Oh yes, I found a smile goes a long way to winning people to your side.
Phil: Umm, what?
Friend: What kinds of things did you do?
Kate: Oh I would stroll the streets and look in the local shops. One afternoon I went on a cruise around the island. I would take pictures of anything I found interesting but I didn’t let the camera get in the way of my enjoyment.
Phil: I was out at dawn to photograph the sunrise, which wasn’t easy after the night in the bar. I would grab a quick breakfast then spend the day scouting for a good sunset location. I would also use my reflector to grab some macro shots of plants and insects. Oh yeah, I think I forgot to mention I had my 105 macro lens. Then I would set up my ReallyRightStuff carbon fiber tripod and ball head and wait for the sunset. It’s a good thing I had already scouted a location during the day and not wasted time by shopping or something.
Friend: Do you have any regrets?
Kate: Well I missed photographing one particularly beautiful sunset because I couldn’t get a clear view. But that’s ok, I will always have the memory.
Phil: I missed the best sunset of the trip because the cab driver made a wrong turn. Oh well I will always have the memory. (A short pause is followed by a burst of laughter). Just kidding. I am going to sue the cab company and use the money to book a photo cruise to Antarctica. I may even have enough left over to pick up a 600 f4 lens for penguins.
Well there you have it: proof that men and women really are the same after all. Or maybe not.
For the record, I know some amazing female photographers who use the latest camera gear and I know several males, myself included, who do not drink. This post is all in fun – please don’t read too much into it.