I am the laziest photographer finding more reasons NOT to go out and take pictures (too sunny, too dark, too early, too late, not early enough, not late enough, etc.) than finding the motivation TO take pictures. This Thanksgiving, I had a personal victory. After an enormous meal, instead of allowing myself to slip gently into a tryptophan-induced coma on my father's couch, I put on my coat, grabbed the camera, and forced myself to walk out into the cold. This is what I saw:



I like looking for bargains and experimenting, and photographic accessories do not get much cheaper or experimental than building your own pinhole lens. All you have to do is Google "DIY Pinhole Lens" and you will find ample instructions. The project is cheap and easy, but is it actually worth doing?











All the DIY instructions come down to this: Get a camera body cap, drill a hole in the center of the cap, tape on a piece of tinfoil, poke a hole in the center of the tinfoil with a pin. That's it. You now have a pinhole lens. You can tell in the picture below the lens cap can be old and the hole very poorly drilled. There is no skill evident at all. The important thing is to get the tinfoil taped down and poke the hole as small and as centered as you can get it.

There is something very special about Iceland. Iceland is the most consistently pristine and beautiful place I have ever visited. My first trip was an almost spiritual journey driving Iceland's Ring Road. Alone. I took eight days to circle the country, slept in hostels, and spent the solitude exploring the landscape and my thoughts. While I have since had the good fortune to return to Iceland and share the place with my family, I hope one day to return alone with my camera.

Several weeks ago my wife found my old SD card from my 2009 trip. I imported the images into Lightroom and let the images take me back.