Surf Like An Egyptian


When I saw this surfing shot on my computer after my Trigg Beach shoot on Saturday, I thought it was really funny, it really reminded me of that song ‘Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangles this is exactly the same pose they were in during their music video.  

Anyhow, in the past 18mths I’ve been out shooting heaps and have heard heaps of stories from you guys, the most dramatic one being Christian’s story about stalkers , but I’ve never experienced it myself until Saturday.   I was quite happy shooting on Trigg Beach when this guy came out of the water with really bloodshot eyes and I reckon high as kite still and started yelling at me asking if I wanted him to catch a real wave.  I laughed and said that would help me out heaps, which he found quite funny.  He then decided that he was going to be my personal bouncer / photography director and started to yell at people if they got to close to me and yelling at the guys in the surf to ride good waves so that I could get better photos.   Needless to say I was totally speechless and beetroot red by this stage.      I mumbled that my card was now full and that I really appreciated his help in getting some surf photographs and started to make my way back up to the carpark.    He started to follow me and I was thinking “70-200mm you’ve been a great lens to me, here is your chance to go out like a hero if he tries anything in the carpark”.   Fortunately someone else distracted him on the way back up to the carpark and he started to yell and bark at him instead.

So with my first ‘weirdo’ experience under my belt hopefully I can now shoot in peace without being disturbed again!    Why do they always seem to strike just as you”ve got your best photography lined up?

Have any of you guys had the full stalker experience as yet?


Jamie Paterson

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  1. Tony Middleton August 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Funny stance, nice light in a sirf photo and a top story Jamie !


  2. Flemming Bo Jensen August 3, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    Great and funny shot and what a story to go along with it, very funny to read but must have been slightly eerie 😀

    I have not had a full on stalker experience, a few weirdos but that is it. Just plenty of fans when I shoot hehe 😀

  3. Andrew Brown August 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Nice capture and story Jamie. I haven’t had the stalker but wasn’t sure what it was at 6:30 one morning at Silverton when I was driving on a deserted road and this massive dude in the distance was running and waving all over the place, and trying to get me to slow down. Needless to say that the heart was pumping a little faster as I had no idea what he wanted, until I got closer and realised that this camel had it in for him and was chasing him around in circles so he wanted me to drive in between him and the camel, which I did…..and he was very thankful as he was knackered. Strange things happen out in the bush.

  4. Dylan Fox August 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Well my weirdest at trigg was a big group of drunk teenage girls wanting their photos taken for the paper!! “well yes i am from the West Australian!” 😉

  5. jamiepatersonphotography August 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for that. You’re recent photograph and story is excellent. Everyone should check out to see the latest photo.

    Hi Flemming,

    Haha. I can just see you Flemming, the super star photographer turning up on site in his limo with all his fans puring out of the car. 😉

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Now that is a funny story!!! I wish you’d got photos of the event.

    Jamie Paterson

  6. jamiepatersonphotography August 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi Dylan,

    Now that would’ve been funny to see. Did you take their photos?

    Jamie Paterson

  7. Stephen Williams August 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    haha funny pic and even funnier story!
    funny now it’s all over I spose.

    when walking back to the car by myself at night I always have tripod in hand ready. nice solid hit from that’ll slow em down a bit. lol

  8. Luke Austin August 4, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Great story Jamie, you painted the scene perfectly.

  9. jamiepatersonphotography August 4, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Hi Stephen,

    I guess the great thing about the tripod is that it extends your reach as well. 🙂 Have you been hitting any waterfalls with all this rain about?

    Hi Luke,

    Still enjoying it over there? I was down at Bennion the other morning and was going to take some photos for you but thought that would just be cruel. 😉


  10. Stephen Williams August 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    having met you Jamie… i think you could do with some extra reach… hahaha. i’d probably not need quite so much lol.

    no i’ve got my new toy still at home in it’s bag. only used it once… in 2 months! not good at all. i must get back out soon. just not had the chance as every weekend seems to be flat out lately.

    i’m a single man again so hitting the town has become a bit of a thing once more 😉 who knows- i may be able to take some of your groupies off your hands noy hey! lol

  11. Stephen Williams August 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    oh, and the creeks are still a lil low hey. despite the rain, not enough to get our creeks fully flowing again 🙁

  12. jamiepatersonphotography August 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi Stephen,

    Not sure about the groupie thing. They never seem to be around at 5am when its 4 degrees. 😉

    I wish those creeeks would hurry up and fill up.


  13. WildBlack August 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Awesome! Great timing!
    You have some amazing photographs in here! Great site! I’ll be right back! 😀

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