Being a software engineer by profession, the week goes pretty much monotone with a hectic schedule to keep up at office.
Office politics, inefficient project management, long hours of toil and many many more things do push you sometimes to the brink of insanity.
You do need to break out of it sometimes, and for me every weekend provides me with just that opportunity to keep my sanity intact for a week more :D
About a year back, my uncle who was visiting me from the states, gifted me a point&shoot sony cybershot DSC-S75 3.3MP
That was as they say "the license (to shoot)". Digital gave me to the license to shoot anything and everything that I saw. That gave me a whole new perspective of looking at things, looking at details, looking for finer things. Have always had an artistic inclination, but never looked at a canvas to put it onto.
Started of initially with photographing fish (my other passion)
My office-mates call me very very "fast-paced" and highly energetic. Someone who likes living life very fast, and to an extent they are correct. I love riding fast (on roads which permit me to), design-develop and test software very fast, impatient in some aspects... so on and so forth.
With photography, began to take my camera on my weekend bike rides. Helped me capture the sights n feel of the ride. Started to focus a bit more on the finer details of photography (which is basically all of optical physics and their governing laws). This somehow instilled a very important quality in me PATIENCE.
It also helped me look at things in a whole new light, how the same "eye" can look at things so differently. If an "eye" could be so different, imagine "opinions" and "views" :)
Began to appreciate people's views more (not that I didnt earlier, but a lot more now). The shots that I would get back from the ride would serve as a "pseudo-sanctuary" for me as in it would help me go back to that place just by looking at them. Reliving the solitude of the place, the feel.
Some of the macro shots would involve a lot of effort in terms of patience and the number of clicks to get that "right one", but when they come off I feel GREAT !
My colleagues and friends would always utter "you and having so much patience to get these kind of shots, 'impossible' and I would smile to myself and tell myself 'exactly :)'"
I still ride fast, still develop fast, believe in living life to the fullest...
........but now also switch into reverse gear on the weekends, letting life pass me by, stopping to smell the rose, watch the dragonflies fly, watching the birds play out their daily rituals on a tree branch.
You can watch many many more shots on my flickr photostream here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayath/