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

Two Magnificent Magnified Shots

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

Two Magnificent Magnified Shots

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.