Being trapped inside an increasingly shrinking RV during a polar assault can do strange things to a person’s mind. I am stir crazy after fighting the elements for five days. Suddenly the idea of making frozen bubbles begins to appeal to me. That is how I find my myself outside post dawn on Monday trying to encourage soap bubbles to land on the snow. My hope is that they will freeze after landing so I can take a picture of the frozen orbs.
Because it must be about 17F to produce frozen bubbles, it is unlikely that I will ever have the chance to do this again (I sincerely hope!). But the process is not complicated if you want to torture yourself and try it. Find a calm (no wind), freezing place with good light to set up. You can make your own soap bubble brew (lots of recipes on the web). If you use cheap bubble mix like I did, it helps to add extra glycerin to the brew to boost up the bubbles resistance to popping.
You also need an assistant bubble blower. Storm, attempting to introduce a modicum of common sense into my endeavor, refuses to participate. Instead of an assistant, I am forced to rely on my tripod. I set up the camera and focus it on my proposed bubble landing zone. Bubbles are uncooperative subjects. They will burst before you can pick up a camera and focus on them. To avoid fumbling if a sphere manages to alight safely, I hook up my remote shutter release too. After hundreds of failed attempts to focus on an intact bubble, I am able to produce these three photos.