We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.—Bob Ross
When photographing Michelle (at left) at a group shoot in Arizona, I was using two camera bodies something I don’t often do. And maybe after reading this you’ll know why.I was making window light portraits of her in an old building and I was using a EOS 60D has a EF 28-105mm zoom lens. Lens was set at 102mm, with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800. My other camera was an EOS 1D N Mark II with EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus lens, during a time when I used that particular lens for everything.
But there’s more to the story….At one point during the session, I set the EOS 1D N Mark II down on a table behind me and while composing another portrait of Michelle using the EOS 60D I backed into the table. All I heard was the sound of breaking glass and assumed I ‘d knocked a ceramic figurine off the table. Wrong. I knocked the other camera off onto the hardwood floor and turned around to see the lens—still mounted to the camera— broken in three places like a twig.
After returning home, I e-mailed a photo of the broken lens to a Canon technician who told me that the cost of repair would exceed purchasing a new one but since it was my favorite lens (at the time) I bit the bullet and eventually bought a new one that I still have, even though it has been discontinued.
Believe it or not, I later sold the broken lens, as-is, on eBay as a package that included a copy of the photograph that I was making. Tip: Don’t throw any piece of photo gear away until you see if somebody is offering something similar for sale. Above is the actual photo of the broken EF 135mm f/2.8 SF lens that ran on eBay and helped me sell the lens. OK it sold for less than $35 but that was way more than I expected.
For more information on how I shoot glamour and boudoir images, pick up a copy of my book “Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography,” it includes tips and tricks and techniques for shooting with inexpensive and simple equipment.