Sometimes Accidents Happen…

We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.—Bob Ross

When photographing Michelle (below) 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 with an EF 28-105mm zoom lens (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 an EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus lens, during a time when I used that particular lens for everything.

michelle.colorAt 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 (and remains) my favorite lens  I bit the bullet and eventually bought a new one that I still use, even though it’s been discontinued by Canon.

And now the story gets weird or at leas weirder: I 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. At right  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.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.04.28 AMYou can see more of this model in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography and includes information on all of the cameras used as well as the complete exposure data for each image. It is available from Amazon new for $23.95 or used for $15.17, as I write this.

Author: Joe Farace

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