My photography friend Graham and I got up very early on a Sunday morning to photograph San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at dawn from the Marin Headlands. Graham and I arrived in the dark and found the entry gate locked. We forgot the gate isn’t unlocked until sunrise, so we parked in the dirt parking lot next to the gate and walked up to the viewing area ( about .7 miles) with our camera gear. It was very dark, windy and cold. Of course we forgot our flashlights and gloves, but then, this was our first real photography outing of 2012, so forgetting some essentials is part of the game. I set up my tripod using my iPhone for a flashlight, which didn’t help much, to adjust the settings. Funny, I couldn’t get any f-stop information on the camera. After taking some 30 images and worrying that my camera wasn’t working correctly, I stopped to think this missing f-stop problem over. The only reasonable conclusion was the lens wasn’t mounted on the body correctly. Sure enough, I twisted the lens to the left (Canon) until I heard the magic click and when I turned the camera back on, the f-stop appeared. The next hour taking pictures was uneventful with a good functioning camera. This image was shot with the camera’s lens not locked to the body but post processed nicely. This finished image is also a combination of two images merged into a panoramic.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-105mm F4L at 35mm
ISO 800, 1.3 seconds at f/4 (stating this as the lens would be wide open with no electrical connection with the body)