Well the good news is that the heatwave finally broke and it is a very comfortable 79 degrees here today with a good breeze. The scary news is that we had another earthquake in essentially the same location on the Elsinore fault as Sunday's quake. It was only a 3.4, and the ScienceDude says it was an aftershock from Sunday's quake. There is speculation that it's the beginning of an emerging "swarm", but they say that it is impossible to predict if it is a precursor to a large shaker. The Elsinore fault is capable of generating a 7.5 quake, which would cause considerable damage here in the O.C. There was a line in a novel I read one time - I forget the name of the novel but this line stuck with me - that between the earthquakes, landslides and wildfires, living in L.A. is like riding shotgun with the devil on the way to the apocalypse. Certainly seems fitting at times.
I finally finished processing all of my photos from the Doheny Blues Festival from May 2006. Doheny Blues is a two-day outdoor concert featuring top national and local blues and soul artists. There are several stages throughout the venue so there is always something going on. It is held on the weekend that corresponds with Bill's birthday in May every year, so we do it right; Gold Level tickets that get us front row seats, backstage access, a substantial meal and drink tickets to last through the day and night. Oh yeah, the most important part - private clean restrooms in trailers instead of the portajohns they have in general admission. It's worth the price just for the bathrooms!!! B.B. King was the headliner in 2006, celebrating his 80th birthday and capping off a fine day of fantastic blues, jazz and soul artists. I guess I got lucky that they allowed me to bring my camera inside in 2005 and 2006 - this year they took one look at the shiny bright white Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS USM in my backpack and said that no pros were allowed to photograph the concert. When I tried to explain that I wasn't a pro, they said no professional lenses were allowed inside. Kinda makes me mad that everyone had cameras except me - white lens discrimination, I say!
Anyway, B.B. King was so much fun to photograph because his face is so animated! He scowls, he leers, he laughs, he winks, he doesn't stop all night.
I also took photos of Blue Mama, James Hunter and the big local favorite Tower of Power. I don't remember why I didn't take photos of any of the other bands that played that day, guess they didn't excite me.
You can see the rest of this gallery here.
Now if I could just find the time to finish processing the photos from 2005 - The Neville Brothers and The Blind Boys of Alabama...