It's Not Just About the Big Tricks

I absolutely love watching extreme sports, especially skiing, snowboarding, and motocross.  And I'm not talking about races, I'm talking about tricks.  I love watching Moto-X even though I'm convinced those guys are all going to kill themselves, I love watching Shaun White get big air,and I love watching ski jumping.

However each of those events isn't just about the big tricks.  It's about the emotion of the riders, the falls, the minor details that we all forget about.  I posted a big air trick in my last post, but I want to use this post to show something different.

As I was watching the Winter Dew Tour Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifiers, I noticed this one landing that a lot of the riders were having problems with.  I don't know if it was icy or what, but a lot of them were botching the landing by either falling or putting a hand down.  I also noticed that whenever they'd do one of the former, you'd get a nice spray of snow, so I spent some time trying to compose a picture with that landing.

Look around when you're shooting an event like this. Big tricks and big air are great, but look for other details as well.