Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. It applies to photography as well.

Photo of me taken by my Wife.

Photo of my wife taken by me.

Photo of my grandaughter "Ayla" taken by my daughter "Marisa".

Photo of a flower taken by my wife.


Hi Pentaxian friends,

There are so much differences between men and women, that sometimes I wonder how we manage to live together. Actually I do know. The "BIG" difference is what attracts us to each other. N'uff said. When we're cold - they're hot, we laugh at silly sad movies - they cry, we watch sport - they watch Oprah, they have 25 pairs of shoes - we have one, we like black and white - they like lots of colors, we like the way they are and want to keep them that way - they like us the way we were but want to change us, we fix problems - they just want to talk about it. I could go on and on, but by now you must get the idea . We are different.

When it comes to photography, the differences between our genders are almost opposite. Don't take that as a bad thing, it is what it is, but we are different. We approach taking pictures differently. I'm no psychiatrist, so I don't know the reasoning behind it, I just go by my observations.

Women seem to prefer shooting in portrait format while men prefer shooting in landscape format. I observed that with my wife and my daughters. There's a Canon ad in most photographic magazines showing a bunch of photographers shooting a sport event with the recognizable white Canon telephoto lenses , the men are shooting landscape and the women portrait. Most of my wife's photos are portrait.

Women are better people photographers in most cases. I guess that because they are predisposed to be gatherers, their instincts guides them to take people, family, children pictures rather than object and places. Men because we must be predisposed to be the hunters, we like to take pictures of objects, places, and things that have nothing to do sentiments.

We are gadget freaks and think that we need to have this and that in order to take pictures. They only need to know where the shutter is.

We like Black DSLRs only and they are so much more open to white and colorful DSLRs. The introduction of the White Pentax k2000/Km is proof of that.

I must agree that Advanced Amateurs and Professional photographers do not fit the categories above. That's because they have studied, practiced and learned the art of photography. They know the elements of good composition, the rules of thumb, the meanings of Aperture, Shutter Speed, Sensitivity and so on.

If you're a woman reading this blog, watch men taking pictures when you have a chance. If you're a man reading this blog, watch women taking pictures when you have a chance. Observe the opposite gender's natural instincts at work and I bet you will come to the same conclusions than me.

This is in no way an attempt to stereotype genders, it's not a scientific study, it's just for fun .

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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