Saturday was the Spring Harp Fest in little La Mesa. Lots of Blues, hard-hitting harmonica and guitars and some really great musicians working their craft. I don't do much musician photography but I do like the expressive postures and looks you get when they're really into it. I only took my 85mm because it has the widest aperture I own (f1.8) and I knew I wanted to shoot wide open to kill the annoying and cluttered backgrounds. Because of that I had to sit right up in the explosive and loud front but found that if I sat between the largest stage speakers my ears didn't ring as much. My best photos came, not unexpectedly, from the most expressive group on stage: The 145th Street Band (first 5 photos). The last two are Harmonica John and The Moneymen (Chris Wott on harp and Michael Head on Guitar).
The harmonica was the star of the show (it is a Harp Fest after all) but it's really, really hard to photograph a harmonica in action. As you can see here it's covered by the musician's hands with only a mic exposed.
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Harmonica John with his rack of harps
Chris Wott on Harp and Micheal Head on Lead Guitar