How Not to Be a Stormchaser: British Photographer Takes a Bath

Here’s an advanced tip for all you would-be stormchasers: Watch out for the water.

That seemingly obvious proposition apparently escaped a couple of British photographers in one of the better photobombs to emerge from Europe’s not-quite-a-hurricane.

The video comes from a Sky News report on the storm, from the British seaside resort of Brighton. While the reporter interviews a would-be adventure swimmer, you see two unidentified photographers in the background, snapping away at a few swimmers already in the water.

The lensmen seem surprisingly oblivious of their position vis-a-vis the churning sea. And sure enough, a giant wave rolls in, sending one photographer on a wild scramble up the beach. The other, identified by the reporter as “one of Britain’s finest photographers,” fumbles about in the water until a swimmer helps him too his feet.

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Both photogs, and their cameras, appears to be thoroughly soaked, so good luck with the old bag of rice play.

The St. Jude’s storm raked Europe with winds up to 120 mph, killed at least 13 people and wreaked widespread havoc with transportation and utilities.

(via Anorak)

  • Thomas Casey


  • Will Mederski

    it’s obvious the guy that is already at the surf has his timing right, whereas the guy behind him, who at the last minute says, “ooh, yeah! i want that shot too!” jumps in without thinking.
    while perhaps regrettable, sometimes you gonna ‘get the shot.’

    a quick rinse under some tap water to wash off the salt and any pro gear be fine.

  • yopyop

    “one of the better photobombs to emerge from Europe‚Äôs not-quite-a-hurricane”

  • Click_Mk2

    Nothing is more waterproof than a good insurance policy.

  • Christopher Hugh Hiscocks

    Probably the perfect time to break out a long lens and they decide to stand in the water. Go figure.

  • joey

    yea. no. A rinse with water isn’t going to remove the salt water in that lens. Do you think lenses are water proof? or submersible?

  • Lauren

    Ha! No need for the bag of rice if they were using a Pentax K5 and WR lenses! :)

  • Bill Binns

    I think for real pros, losing a camera here and there is all part of getting the shot. Pros don’t worship their equipment like amateurs do.

  • Tyler Magee

    should have invested in that 400mm ;)

  • Will Mederski


  • Will Mederski

    any body/lens worth it’s weight is going to be able to handle five seconds of gentle rinsing under a faucet.
    but Click_Mk2 is right: good insurance wins.

  • dano

    Wrong, Real Pros don’t Lose a camera light idiots do.

  • Dover

    Very wrong. Pros tend to push the limits in photography and it is not unusual for one to be lost to the elements or environment. Professional nature photographers have lost their equipment in the sea, sports photographers have lost their gear at races etc.

  • Click_Mk2

    We do love our gear and because of insurance, are willing to take risk in lieu of the job.

    Frankly, you don’t need to dunk the gear to realize any damage. Salt spray, temp extreames and humidity will do it. If anything, that was about a $250 mistake (the deductible), and I have made a claim and not wait for it to fail on the next job.

  • Bill Binns

    The equipment of the pros’s that I have encounered in my travels has almost always looked beat to hell. Brassing, gaffers tape etc. On a trip to Patagonia I watched a guy casually place a 600mm lens that probably cost more than my last three cars combined on a chunk of ice about 3 inches from a drop into the ocean.

  • Click_Mk2

    In most cases, the abusers I’ve encountered, were typically using company gear or rentals. Not many folks had $16,0000 or more to simply drop on a lens. It’s like when you buy your kid his first car and he trashes it. Then he’s forced to save up and buy his own or make the repairs and suddenly his attitude changes and he babies it -because now he’s invested.

    I had both personal gear and company gear, and I took care of it as if it was all my own. I broke a 135 F2L on a portrait job, and while I could easily afford another. I still had the job to do, and fortunately I had a 100 F2.8L on hand to finish it. Not many folks will be have a spare 600mm on hand for their carelessness.

    BTW, I also buy and use vintage lenses for these reasons. Lots of sharp glass on the cheap, and no excuse for those whom can’t afford otherwise.