I was standing behind a group of people taking a photograph of the view from this spot in Dolores Park and somebody was not happy about having an unposed photograph taken. There was some heckling, I was called names. My natural inclination was to walk away, but I felt that I had taken the insults and now they owed me a photograph. So I waited for a few moments. Then a guy walks up and unzips a cello from a bag and starts playing Bach. From the low point of my day to the high point in five minutes. I took two frames, walked up to the guy and said thank you.
The shot was taken with a 1956 Rolleiflex with the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar f3.5 lens. While this is not the best lens Rollei put in a camera, I think it has some magic for black and white film, in this case the now discontinued Fuji Neopan iso400. Medium format offers the resolution to make the full-length portrait still have presence, and the TLR camera design has the taking lens at chest-level, putting you at the same level as the subject. There’s not much post-production, this is a scan from the negative and adjustment of contrast and levels.