55th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest
and Folk Festival
This year's event was much cooler than those that I have previously attended. Patchy clouds prevailed during most of the day. That made for soft, even light outdoors, sometimes yielding too little contrast instead of too much of other years. Still, the photography was good, and if I had to choose, I would prefer soft light over hard light. Also, as usual, in the "dance barn" there was very little light. In fact, this year there was less light then ever because, except for one single-width doorway, nothing was open to permit daylight to enter the barn. There were two rows of flourescent lights struggling to repel the darkness, and the rewards of their efforts were paltry. But enough of my rambling: the event was great fun, and presented below are some photographs to prove it.