What do you do when the wind chill registers in the single digits and the National Weather Service issues a winter weather advisory?
You stay home and practice the art of still life photography.
Practice is the key word here. Armed with a $5 bunch of flowers, picked up on a whim at the grocery store, you try your hand at creating intriguing compositions. You attempt to keep things sharp while hand-holding the camera. You finally drag out the tripod.
You arrange and re-arrange. You search your home for compelling items to add to your setup. You pretend you are a photographer for Real Simple magazine.
Your lightbox is set up in the front bay window. Your 56-year-old knees protest at kneeling on the floor for such lengths.
But you keep shooting, engrossed in the possibilities.
The weather keeps you indoors for several days. You get your money’s worth from that $5 bunch of flowers.
Still life practice.
I realize my “weather advisory” was nothing compared to the blizzard that struck the eastern US this past weekend. Thinking of all my friends on the East Coast – hope you and your families are safe and warm.