I can’t speak for others, but going outside for a noontime photowalk and getting a nature fix is my best antidote to dealing with the heavy pressures of the office. Far more than anything else, getting the opportunity to meander around with a camera, taking snippets of what I like and enjoy, helps immensely.
These images were all taken this past Wednesday, when I had a break around lunchtime in my workflow and was actually able to get away from my tiny windowless basement cubicle for a brief time… a sanity check I haven’t had much of in recent weeks and months.
I know these shots all go against much of the “professional” advice out there — about not shooting in midday sun, avoiding harsh shadows, and the like… But, you know something? I wouldn’t have many photographs — and even less enjoyment — if I listened to that nonsense, so I just ignore it and take photos anyway. And even better? I do it for my own pleasure, so if anyone offers “constructive criticism”, I just tell them to go pound sand.
If I could somehow pipe in the luscious heavy scent of the hyacinths, the sultry warmth of the sun, the cool dampness of the shade, and lively movement of the breeze… I would. It was a wonderful respite from the grind… and my own relief valve.