Spring Harp Fest - La Mesa, California

April 21, 2019  •  4 Comments

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.
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Harmonica John with his rack of harps

Chris Wott, Harp; Michael Head, Lead Guitar - The Moneymen
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Chris Wott on Harp and Micheal Head on Lead Guitar


Comments

Monte Stevens(non-registered)
Love the black and white look and you captured the mood nicely! monte. know what you mean by loud and a primary reason I get out of town when needed. I can't image sitting between the two speakers. I am impressed by talented musicians who can play a guitar, mouth a harmonica at the same time. It's impossible for me to read my phone and walk at the same time. Somebody's gonna get hurt!
Todd Henson(non-registered)
Great job, Joe. These work really well as black & white. I can see what you mean about it being difficult to photograph a harmonica in action, but you did capture some nice expressive action, just the same.
Peter Tellone(non-registered)
Great job capturing the Joe and good consistent treatment of the images. Having been to events like this, you captured the feel of them!
JC(non-registered)
Those are really awesome. I wish I was there. One of my best memories is seeing a local latin band with you in downtown San Diego near the waterfront.
I bought their CD & ripped it to mp3. I need to find it when I get home tonight
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