The magnifying glass. It's good for more than burning ants, you classless juveniles. Because you can take funny photos with it, too!

Hunting Bugs

This challenge gave me a chance to be a better dad by taking my daughter out to "hunt bugs" and bring along her magnifying glass. She's not nearly as afraid of them as I am. So here's one of her holding a milkweed bug. She treated it like it was her pet. She was very gentle with it. She dropped by accident it a few times and was adamant about recovering it, and then eventually let it go. It was a lot of fun for both of us (as long as she was picking up the bugs.) It isn't the best composition in the world so I lowered myself to cheap parlor tricks like pushing the color, saturation, vibrancy, sharpening, definition, and mid-contrast. Shot on a Nikon D70S, 18-70 lens at 18mm, f11, 1/200, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, post processing in Aperture.
- Brian McCabe

A New Car!

This photo was taken with my newly acquired Samsung galaxy S3! Since my wife and I were out in the park having lunch, I decided to test it after reading the photo challenge of the week; working on lens or any magnifying glass! The lens used to magnify the toy car is my Canon 500d close-up. The only setting I changed in-camera is the scene mode which is Landscape mode.
- Ave Guisala



Thanks to our two intrepid photographs this week. It seems that magnifying glasses didn't inspire a lot of entries. And on a totally unrelated note, your dSLR wrote and said she misses you intensely.