power of the sun
Used to love doing this as a kid. Another light experiment - this was really tricky to get anywhere near right. It was very hard to be able to see the reflection of the sun on the lens and not get the shadow of the camera in the way of the sun's rays. I really wanted a little of the sun and the tree reflected in the magnifying lens at the same time for the feeling that the sun gives and takes life.
Canon EOS350D, Canon 18-55mm kit lens (55mm). f/20, 1/60 second ,ISO 200, handheld.
Lighting: Strong sunlight (obviously!) and Nikon SB28 to camera-right on 1/8 power to bring up the detail in the shadow and light the smoke; the flash should have been more powerful or closer. I wanted to emphasise how the magnifying glass can cast equal shadow as my fingers due to the immense refraction, but the burning leaf would benefit from more detail.
Lessons: Get someone else to hold the lens.