How to Shoot Snowboarding

Behind The Shot: Blotto #2

Jeremy Jones, Wall Ride to Pole Bonk © Blotto.

Blotto comes in again with yet another creative shot, and explains it all. Photo geeks, and just snowboard photo lovers, this is for you.

A big draw to documenting snowboarding in the streets is the endless possibilities that lie around any given corner.

Rider: Jeremy Jones
Trick: Wall Ride to Pole Bonk
Photographer: Dean Blotto Gray


A big draw to documenting snowboarding in the streets is the endless possibilities that lie around any given corner. You drive around a city scoping and hoping to find the next spot where you’ll get a solid video clip, sometimes finding it quickly, other times taking hours of searching. Eventually obstacles and features are located, set up and executed; while other times you get the scene prepped, the filmers and rider is set to go and you get kicked out. All are characteristics in the pursuit of ‘off-mountain snowboarding’ that many people have acquired a love/hate relationship with.

For this Jeremy clip in Burton Snowboard’s ‘13’ movie, it took our crew two visits to get it done. Day number one we set up the spot, got it going, Jeremy was feeling good about the backside wall ride to pole bonk, but he couldn’t manage a totally proper one that would make the final edit. As he inched closer to a clean stomp, a person of authority showed up and said what we were doing was fine, but where Jeremy was strapping in and starting his run-in was not. He was pulling the winch rope across a road and onto a railroad owned property, which was worse than riding onto a wall and hitting a light pole on the way down. We agreed to pack up our gear and leave, which we did, but left the jump intact knowing we’d come back for a second attempt.

The next morning we showed up, unloaded the winch and got to business immediately. The jump was already prepped from the day before, the filmers knew their angles and Jeremy was familiar with the obstacle, so ‘the make’ went down within a couple of tries. We figured this shot could be banged out in less time than it would for another authoritive figure to arrive and kick us out again.


My primary angle is the image on the right, using a Nikon D3s with 16mm fisheye lens, which is a single frame from the sequence of the landed trick. The image on the left is a Canon 7D (with 50mm lens, triggered by remote) from one of the landed attempts on day one. I chose both images to give the viewer a taste of Jeremy on the wall and hitting the pole, showcasing the flex of the board during two key moments of the riding. Enjoy, Blotto

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