I think of science and technical photography as creative cross-training. It give me new ways of looking at things for my writing and research.
Interested in World War II diesel submarine technology? I took a series of photographs recently aboard the USS Razorback-394. Everything from views through a hatch, water cutoff valves, and navigation panels to an old school diving officer's checklist panel and torpedo launch controls.
Do you have ways to stir your creative or scientific creativity? Go science!