Different perspectives of Dew Tour by photographer Dean Blotto Gray

Having photographed contests myself, it’s easy to fall into the trap of stationary shooting: finding an angle you like, and staying there. The pace of the Dew Tour requires constant awareness during the action, thus moving around seems counterproductive. However, you won’t find iconic snowboarding photographer Dean Blotto Gray in one place for more than a snap or two. As you will see in the photos above, mobility is vital to breaking up the monotony of contest photos. Get the shot and move on. Discover new angles. Get off the pipe deck. Make the rider only part of a photo’s composition. These are simple in theory, difficult in practice, and make Blotto’s work that much more impressive.

Photo techniques aside, what makes Blotto a great photographer is he genuinely having fun while capturing these contest moments. The emotion, energy, and variety of styles offer him endless opportunity to create images that are representative of that time and place. So as I sit scraping the accumulation of ice off my boots, enjoy the Dew Tour perspective of the talented, passionate photographer that is Dean Blotto Gray.

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