John Lucarelli: Blog en-us (C) John Lucarelli [email protected] (John Lucarelli) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:49:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:49:00 GMT John Lucarelli: Blog 120 76 Empty Perfection Empty waves from the recent run of swell in California.  Surfing Magazine.

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Beach California Magazine Newport Surfing Waves Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:57:50 GMT
Capturing an Ocean of Color I was fortunate enough to be featured in the new Pelican Hill magazine. Along with some of my favorite images I share some insight about my process, equipment and favorite conditions. 

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Beach House Color Home Decor Interior Design Newport Beach Newport Coast Ocean Pelican Hill Resort Wave Art Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:18:18 GMT
Surfline - SXSW, PART TWO: CALIFORNIA Newport Beach turns on for the first solid South swell of the season, as seen on Surfline.

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Newport Beach Surfline Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:32:00 GMT
Surfline - FSTOP: MARCH 2015 Opening image for a monthly showcase of Surfline's finest photos.

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Stab Mag - Nate Zoller Nate Zoller at the Wedge for the Volcom #stabfullframe photo of the day.

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The Surfer's Journal - Abstraction The Surfer's Journal

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SURFING Magazine Issue 1, 2015 2 page spread of Bobby Okvist at the Wedge during Hurricane Marie in Surfing Magazine.

Bobby Okvist

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Bobby Okvist Hurricane Marie Newport Beach Surfing Magazine The Wedge Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:45:00 GMT
Laguna Beach Art Walk Thursday December 4th come check out a gallery of my latest work at the Rusty Store in Laguna Beach for the Art Walk. We will be showcasing over 100 of my favorite captures from this year.  The show starts at 6pm.  Hope to see you there! 

Art Show Laguna Beach

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) art walk laguna beach laguna beach art walk lucarelli photo our kind prints rusty surfboards surf photography Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:36 GMT
Hurley Summer Swell Slideshow Tomorrow night head over to the Hurley Headquarters in Costa Mesa to see this summers best surf photos. I will be contributing along with some other very talented artists. Come say hi and share some swell stories! Thursday 6-9pm at 1945 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa.


[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Hurley Newport Beach Robbie Crawford Summer Surf Photography Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:37:43 GMT
Hurricane Marie - Massive Surf at Wedge The Category 5 storm Hurricane Marie off the coast of California delivered some of the biggest surf in 10 years.  At south swell magnets like The Wedge in Newport Beach waves reached 20-25 feet.  Big wave riders from around the world were greeted with flawless conditions.  I was at The Wedge shooting an article for GrindTV which ended up making the front page of news.  Click on the images below to read the full story.

Cheyne Magnusson drops in on a monster at Wedge.

Jamie O'Brien catches a wave on his Catch Surf longboard while carrying his shortboard and making a transfer mid-wave

Jamie O'Brien charges the shorebreak A bodyboarder on a clean peak

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:54:11 GMT
Life’s a Beach I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview for Zenfolio.  They asked me how I got started in photography, about my process and some of challenges of the job.  Click on the picture below to read the full article.  And feel free to leave me a comment below if you have any questions of your own. 





[email protected] (John Lucarelli) artist california photographer surf art surf photography waves zenfolio Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:18:16 GMT
FLOW Art Show Please join us for an art show and print sale on Saturday 4/26 from 6-9pm at 1835 Whittier Ave, Suite D12, in Costa Mesa, CA.  I will be releasing a brand new series of abstract waves showcasing the movement and colors captured at sunrise and sunset.  
Flow - Smooth Uninterrupted MovementA collection of abstract waves by John Lucarelli
[email protected] (John Lucarelli) abstract waves art show barrel print sale sunset Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:46:13 GMT
Breaking Dawn 54x36 Gallery Wrapped Canvas A beautiful piece I installed for a client this past week.  Breaking Dawn 54"x36" printed on gallery wrapped canvas.

Breaking Dawn 54x36

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) beach house canvas print gallery wrapped home decor interior design remodel sunset surf photography wave wave art Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:04:35 GMT
Portfolio Feature on The Inertia I'm excited to have a portfolio of my work featured on The Inertia!  Click on the photo below and take a look.

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Orange County The Inertia portfolio surf surf photographer waves Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:47:03 GMT
March Calendar Soft Sea.

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Soft SeaMarch 2014

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) March abstract blue calendar motion blur ocean sea Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:01:32 GMT
Art Studio Opening and Gallery Show I am proud to announce the opening of the my first Art Studio! We will have a variety of prints on display and available to purchase.  Join us for an evening of awesome surf art, music and good times.

Lucarelli Photo Art Studio LaunchLucarelli Photo Art Studio Launch

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) art show art studio gallery Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:33:53 GMT
New website coming soon... ...until then, here's a few recent images.

Dark Waters

surfer over/under

Surf City USA - Huntington Beach Pier

Laguna Dream


[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Laguna Beach sunset Lucarelli Photo black and white huntington beach sunset orange county photographer surf art surfer wave art waves Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:42:49 GMT
January 2014 Calendar Happy New Year.

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January 2014 CalendarJanuary 2014


[email protected] (John Lucarelli) 2014 California January aliso beach barrel blue clarity desktop calendar green happy new year laguna beach sand clouds Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:07:18 GMT
December Calendar Winter Blues.

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December 2013December 2013

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) December abstract blue calendar holidays motion blur winter Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:48:24 GMT
Art Show This Wednesday One of my most impressive pieces for the art show this Wednesday from 5-9pm at the SC Cafe in San Clemente.  This print as well as many others will be on display and for sale.  Come kick off the holiday weekend with us!

54x36 Breaking Dawn Canvas54x36 Breaking Dawn Canvas

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) SC Cafe San Clemente art show lucarelli photo photography print sale surf prints Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:25:43 GMT
Art Show Please join me for an Art Show at the SC Cafe on Wednesday November 27th from 5-9pm.  We will have a variety of canvas and aluminum prints for sale as well as a slideshow, a drawing for a signed print, cups, hats, and more.   SC Cafe is located at 1810 South El Camino Real in San Clemente.

Art Show Weds. 11/27 at SC CafeArt Show Weds. 11/27 at SC CafeArt Show Weds. 11/27 at SC Cafe

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Art Show SC Cafe San Clemente Thanksgiving artist photography prints surf waves Sun, 17 Nov 2013 02:03:43 GMT
November Calendar Click HERE to download the November calendar.


[email protected] (John Lucarelli) November abstract calendar holidays motion blur panning sunset Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:09:59 GMT
October Calendar Click HERE to download the October calendar.

October Desktop Calendar

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) October calendar motion blur Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:09:25 GMT
New Canvas Here is a 5' x 3' canvas that is going in my personal collection.  I am still searching for the perfect name for this image so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comment section below.

5'x3' canvas

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) abstract barrel motion blur sunset Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:05:24 GMT
The Mohawk The Mohawk

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) mohawk red sunset wave Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:10:08 GMT
Zihuatanejo Video Last summer I took a surf trip to Zihuatanejo with a close friend.  We spent over a week exploring the coastline and found some awesome waves along the way.  

Click on the link below to watch the video

Thanks to David Lynch who edited all the footage!

Zihuatanejo Surf Trip

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) GoPro Hero 2 Ixtapa Mainland Mexico Mexico Zihuatanejo surf trip video Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:24:21 GMT
August Calendar Click HERE to download the full size image.

August Calendar

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) August barrel calendar gold sunrise Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:56:13 GMT
My Largest Print - 8 FT x 4 FT I had the pleasure of installing my largest piece to date at over 8 feet x 4 feet.  I captured this pristine offshore morning at Lower Trestles when a set came through and several surfers split the peak.  My favorite part of the image is the 3 guys in the foreground walking down to the point, and so I titled it "Morning Commute."  My clients have been surfing Lowers for the past 30 years and this was their 25th anniversary gift to each other.  I am proud to have it showcased in their home.Morning Commute - 8 Feet x 4 Feet canvas of Lower Trestles Morning Commute - 8 Feet x 4 Feet canvas of Lower Trestles

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Lower Trestles Lowers Morning Commute offshore pano surf Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:24:50 GMT
Aluminum Prints I printed my first piece on Aluminum for a client this week and the results were amazing!  The colors were very rich and saturated and the smooth metal surface highlighted all of the minor details of the wave.  I am excited to print more and will be offering a full array of sizes on Aluminum soon.  In the mean time, email me if you are interested or have any questions about these new prints.

Breaking Dawn wave printed on Aluminum

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) California aluminum barrel breaking dawn metal newport beach sunrise wedge Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:56:20 GMT
Breaking Dawn Clean conditions and some amazing sunrise colors from last week.

Breaking Dawn

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) California barrel dawn newport beach shorebreak sunrise wave wedge wedge sunrise Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:00:06 GMT
Empire State New York left me speechless.  The buildings, the rooftop views, the park, the people…it really is hard to describe in words.  I had my camera with me day and night the entire trip.  Slowly I am sorting through all the pictures, selecting my favorites.  Here are a few that caught my eye.  I will have an entire album posted soon.  Until then, enjoy these…

Central Park from Top of the Rock

Downtown Buildings Empire State Building and Skyline from helicopter Central Park trees abstract New York Skyline colors

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Central Park Empire State of Mind New York New York aerial images Rockefeller Top of the Rock buildings downtown skyline urban Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:55:00 GMT
Gear My gear collection for New York:
Canon 40D
50mm 1.4
17-40mm L Series
10-17mm Fisheye
430 EX II Flash
Gorilla Pod
Polarizing Filter
Nixon watch
Oakley shades
Iphone, Chargers, Batteries, Memory Cards, Speakers

New York Gear

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) 50mm L Series New York camera gear canon city fisheye lens photographer urban Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:25:04 GMT
Caught Inside at Wedge Taking photos in heavy surf does not come without consequence.  During last week’s swell I found myself caught inside at The Wedge on the largest set of the day.  This photo was taken from Slide 34 of Surfline's swell feature.  It shows me on the lower left with a +15 foot wave about to detonate on my head.  At the same time I had to dodge the falling surfboard from Spencer Pirdy who didn’t make the drop.  I was thrown down to the sand and turned upside down a couple times, but surfaced shortly thereafter and luckily the next wave behind it wasn’t as big.  All in a day’s work trying to get the best photos possible! 

Caught Inside on Surfline

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Newport Beach, California Spencer Pirdy Surfline The Wedge" caught inside surf photographer, wipeout Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:34:05 GMT
Chaos and Bliss It was pretty hectic in the water last night.  The set waves were pushing 15 feet and shifting all over the lineup.  The guy next to me took a surfboard skeg to the head and opened up a pretty nice gash.  I got stuck inside by one set wave and ended up fighting the foam to surface just in time for a breath before the next wave pushed me to the bottom.  But none of that matters when everything lines up and you get a moment like this....looking out of a perfect barrel at sunset.    Chaotic moments lead to sunset barrel

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) barrel bliss california chaos gold magic hour moment newport beach south swell sunset wedge Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:58:14 GMT
Lifts and Bounds Product Shoot Recently I had a product shoot with Lifts&Bounds.  Lifts&Bounds create artistic renderings of popular ski resorts around the world including Mammoth, Aspen, Whistler, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek which is pictured here.  The canvas mounted wall pieces animate trail layouts through a series of connected colored lines to create a cool geometric sketch.  Head over to their website at and find your favorite local mountain.


[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Beaver Creek Lifts&Bounds art ski snowboard trail map Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:15:00 GMT
Mind Surf Monday It's always good to start the week off with a little mind surfing.  Here is Newport Beach on a crisp fall morning.

Rise and Shine

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) Mind Surf Monday Newport Beach jetty offshore sunrise surfer Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:50:54 GMT
June Desktop Calendar  

Every month I will be posting a new Desktop Calendar for your computer!  In this image, I love how you can see the bubbles being drawn up the face of the wave.  

CLICK HERE to download the image.

Lucarelli Photo June Caledar

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) 2013 Barrel Blue Bubbles Desktop Calendar Green June Wedge Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:26:52 GMT
Welcome! Welcome to my new website!  I look forward to sharing my adventures and photos with all of you.

me in zihuatanejo

[email protected] (John Lucarelli) surf zihuatanjo Wed, 29 May 2013 02:29:32 GMT