Daily Inspiration #1030 By Lee Webb

Daily Inspiration #1030

By Lee Webb

Love the website. Thanks for keeping it running all these years.

My name’s Lee and I like to shoot street photography with vintage lenses. Living in Shanghai gives me plenty of scenes to work with and I try to get out whenever time allows and the light is good.ย These three shots were taken with a Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7 on a Sony NEX.ย The lens is from the old Yashica Electro 35 film camera. Unlike most vintage lenses I’ve owned it was never meant to be removed from the camera. This means that instead of using a separate adapter, the back of the lens itself is modified to fit your digital camera body.

Hopefully someone can get some inspiration from these images, this being a daily inspiration post and all. ๐Ÿ™‚

I blog myself. Mainly about street photography and philosophies behind creative pursuits. I also review all the vintage lenses I use.ย If anyone wants to learn more about the 45mm Yashinon used for these shots, they can here: www.myfavouritelens.com/yashica-yashinon-dx-45mm-f1-7-lens-review/ย And to see more street shots taken with all different vintage lenses, my Instagram is here: www.instagram.com/myfavouritelee/

Keep up the great work, Steve and Brandon.


Lee Webb

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  1. I had an Electro 35 GT, I. Found the lens was prone to flare wide open, but it never occurred to me to ‘cut off’ the lens and ten out it…..good idea.

    • Hey Mark. I’ve not really noticed that with mine but then I never shoot wide open anyway, with any lens. Aside from losing some sharpness, I don’t need to increase my chance of missing focus any more ๐Ÿ™‚

      But yes, whoever thought of cutting the lens off the camera and modding it to fit a digital body (it wasn’t me) certainly deserves credit. It was a good idea.

  2. Well done, Lee!!! Beautiful shots, and a terrific use of the Yashica lens! I use that lens all the time (on the body it came with…) and will be interested in seeing how you made the hybrid work. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your stuff on Instagram.

    • Thank you Paul. I realize you followed me on Instagram the other day. I followed back because I like what you’re doing documenting… what I presume is your town?

      I really like that ordinary-small-American-town aesthetic. It’s a timeless look – especially for me as a non-American – and I think it’s important to preserve it in photographs for future generations.

  3. Shanghai is a wonderful place and your beautiful photos are a good reflection of the daily life.
    Thanks for sharing Lee.

    • Thank you for that, Hans. Really appreciated. I agree, Shanghai is a great place and is full of terrific photo opportunities. ๐Ÿ™‚

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