I'm biased, but this bald eagle photo my stepmother took this morning is basically the greatest phonecam picture ever taken. Check out that depth of field! There's a trick to it, and it ain't Photoshop.

She took the photo using a BlackBerry Tour 9630, which has a measly 3.2 megapixel camera with a 2x digital zoom. So how do you get a shot like this with a camera like that? Ingenuity.


The trick is another piece of gear. Obviously you can't hook a telephoto up to a Blackberry, but you can put it behind a telescope. In this case, she set up a Bushnell Spacemaster 15-45x spotting scope and set it at 25x magnification. That's why you get the shallow depth of field and amazing detail on the bird.

Here's another shot that lets you see the vignetting in the spotting scope:


And you thought parents couldn't make technology work!

Photo: Anmarie Barrie Honan

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