It’s not very often these days when I get a chance to take pictures in the street. Today was special. My family and I went to the seafront and walked along the shore. At some place we saw a street musician playing saxophone. I wanted to take a photo of him but suddenly some boys passing by started dancing to the music. Amazing!
I shot “from the hip”, so I couldn’t actually see the photo I was gonna take until I saw it on the camera’s display, and I wouldn’t get a second chance as the situation changed really fast. All the dancing was spontaneous and took only a minute.
This picture was originally taken by my Nikon DSLR with an old manual Nikkor lens and it was in colour of course. Later I edited it using a film preset to imitate Ilford HP5 film .
Though from a distance the photo could look like a film one, still I see almost no analogue spirit in it despite this quite authentic preset. I like film photography, so I try to use those presets when editing my rare digital shots, but I always doubt if it adds anything to the pictures or ruins them.
Does this filmish effect spoil the photo? Below is the original.