Photographer Jim Winters of Team Nikon Miami recently shot the iconic Miami Air Show. To stay mobile, Winters chose not to use his tripod for handling the beast of a lens. To get close enough, he used Nikon 800mm f/5.6 VR lens onto this crazy custom-built shoulder rig.
His ‘triple axis’ TRIAXEZ rig includes a counterweight and 12V battery. The battery provides additional counterweight to balance the rig – an earlier evolution used lead pellets as counterweights – and also provides charge to the camera for long shooting sessions. Winters says he can even use it to charge his phone. The whole thing is easily transported to and from shooting locations thanks to a pair of wheels.
It’s a pretty clever piece of engineering, and the proof is in the images below, shot at the National Salute to America’s Heroes in Miami Beach over Memorial weekend.
Check out the amazing pictures from the Miami Beach Air Show:
To see all of the photos Winters captured at the show, click here.
Image credits: All photographs by Jim Winters