A few years ago when we took a trip to Costa Rica, I was hoping to take photos of jungle birds, however, I knew that shooting pictures in the dark understory would prove to be a challenge. I found that there was a product called the "Better Beamer" which uses a Fresnel lens to extend the flash range. I immediately though, "hey, I can do that". So I purchased a Fresnel lens at Barnes & Noble used for magnifying books and made my own bracket out of a plastic milk jug (I wanted it to be foldable). After a few variations, I had what I wanted. The tests were very positive!


I couldn't be happier with the resulting photos from Costa Rica, and it wasn't just birds I was able to capture!

Birds, Capuchin monkeys, the elusive Howler Monkey and more! These were all taken at 200mm.




So why no use it in my own backyard?

I broke it out this past week and took a few photos with it and I am happy with these results as well:



Bewick's Wren (a bit soft focus):