Jim Graham - Platypod in Steeplechase Horse Racing

Words by Jim Graham
Edited by Eryka Bagwell
( Images copyright Jim Graham. All rights reserved. )

"For years I've been using the original Platypod Pro.  It’s great! And really necessary for this type of work. I’m dealing with a 3.5 mile race. Typically, we’ll see a horse jump a fence twice during a race. You’re lucky to have two fences near enough to get clean head-on action. Not to mention, it’s a 1/4 to 1/2 mile sprint to the finish, in this particular race to get to the last fence in time for the jump."
"My main camera has been a D5 with a 200mm-500mm as well as a D4 (as the remote).  But, with the advent of the Z9 I’ve used that as the main and the D5 as the remote, with a D850 as a secondary remote on a tripod at a different elevated angle."
"While the courses are trimmed they have higher grass closer to the fence.  The legs/spikes that come with the product are really important. Honestly, they could be even longer."
"The important thing is that with the support I can make more imagery that I normally wouldn’t be able to make. The Platypod is an invaluable tool for this type of photography."
Be sure to visit Jim's website to see more of his work www.jimgrahamphotography.com and to get your platypod, visit our website at www.platypod.com