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Carlsbad Coastline

July 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

One evening I was sitting down to eat dinner with my family, but while talking with my wife I noticed the incredible dancing colors behind her as the sun was beginning it’s descent.  Even from my kitchen window I could tell this was going to be a sunset like never before.  In a -comically hysterical- rush I mumbled an incoherent explanation and rushed out the door, grabbing my camera bag on my way out.  The image I got was completely worth the cold dinner, and that’s saying a lot because there is few things I enjoy more than my wife’s cooking. By the time I got there the sun was still shining bright and the water was unusually blue and crystal clear. The clouds did nothing to darken the sky but they did seem to absorb the colors of the sun beautifully.   Between the warm sky and the cool ocean the scene just became a heavenly marriage of color. My eyes found the lilacs and yellows somewhere in between and I was just instantly drawn into nature’s beauty. The glassy reflection of the sky above on the wet sand stitched together the deep blues with the pastels of the bright setting sun. The little piece of escaped heaven was token enough to grant me forgiveness for my disappearing act.

Carlsbad CoastlineCarlsbad CoastlineJackson Finn Art: Carlsbad Coastline

Little Peaks

July 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This image was taken out on the Del Mar Jetties toward Camp Pendleton.  This piece is titled “Little peaks” for the way the two caps of the swell seem to resemble a small mountain range.  I caught them right as they were beginning to roll back out into white water, creating this crisp edge at the top, like the peaks of two mountains.  The clear lines in the waves make them seem to loose all motion, transforming it from a snapshot of a rushing wave, to a still-life of a steady landscape. My favorite part of this piece though is actually the two small hidden treasures.  If you look closely you can the lone seagull flying off toward the horizon, toward the even less visible naval ship in the background.  It’s subtle, yet ominous appearance is a clear contrast to the joyful picture of the two waves depicted.   Little PeaksLittle PeaksJackson Finn Art: Little Peaks


September South Swell

June 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

September South Swell was taken one evening just last year as the swell was rising fast.  The soft light of the coming sunset was shining so clear  through the crest of the waves, it was unbelievable. The way the warm yellow light blends in with the sea green hues creates this beautiful blown-glass effect instead of the powerful wave that it really is. The irony of the warm, peaceful tone of the image, and the true nature of the wave makes for true art. September South SwellSeptember South SwellJackson Finn Art: September South Swell


Swami’s Sky

June 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Swami’s Sky- This image was taken during the same indian summer as Encinitas Tree-line, but here I really wanted to focus on the rich colors of the sunset. As californians we are blessed to frequently see the deep reds and pinks brushed through our sunsets, but we rarely see this range of bright yellow to deep purple so early in the evening in the fall.  The entire sky was painted in every color. I wanted to focus on the clouds and how they so perfectly reflected the color beneath them, and seemed to break up the smooth sky without hiding any of it’s beauty.

Swamis SkySwamis SkyJackson Finn Art: Swamis Sky

Bamboo Forest

May 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Bamboo Forest  -  I took this image on a hike through the bamboo forests on our way to one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Hana.  The dense forest of swaying bamboo chutes make for a beautiful image. It was like walking through nature’s musical instrument listening to the wind whistling through the chutes as the clinked together, and the hearing all the wildlife that was hidden away in the forest.  The air was sweet and the whole scene was hypnotic to every sense.  I only wish I could have captured more than just the visual beauty of this forest.

Bamboo ForestBamboo ForestJackson Finn Art: Bamboo Forest

September Morning

May 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

September Morning is one of my favorites in the abstract series because of the lively yet serene mood it seems to give off.  I took this image early one summer day when the water seemed so clear it seeped right through the horizon and fused into the cloudless sky.  My goal with this extreme motion blur was to really capture the array of value and color in the waves; the deep blues in the face of the waves, the bright blues of the reflected sky, and the soft light seafoam above the rich greens in the breaking waves.

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Cardiff Light

May 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Cardiff Light- I captured this image one evening after an especially long surf session.  The sun was setting but the sky kept this warm golden light, it looked more like the early hours of the morning sunrise than an afternoon sunset so golden and warm it felt like midday. The water reflected the yellow sky so clearly it felt as if I was surfing on liquid gold. This image is just full of warm surfer’s bliss and nature's unpredictable beauty. Cardiff LightCardiff LightJackson Finn Art: Cardiff Light


Oceanside Abstract

May 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Oceanside Abstract was taken by the north side of the pier during a powerful swell caused by some heavy winds and rains. A bad cold confined me to the shore with my camera instead of in the waves with my board.  Of all the great shots I got that day, this one just really stuck out to me with all the movement. Using a slow shutter speed I followed to wave rather than keeping the camera stagnant and I was able to capture the geometric shapes in the scaffolding while keeping that obscurity to the piece.  This combined with the distorted horizon line as well as the soft focus of the breaking waves created this elusive, abstract image.  It was the perfect addition to my abstract series.

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Napili Wave

May 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The spot where this piece, Napili Wave, was taken is known for it’s calm currents and lush reefs, making it a perfect place to snorkel and see some of Maui’s most tropical sea. What it isn’t known for, is a good place to surf...that’s what made this day so unique.  After a great day of swimming with the turtle’s along Napili Bay I was able to catch this fleeting moment where the winds picked up and created this powerful wedge that surged over the reef.  I was able to capture just how strong and fast the isolated wave was.  This piece is a captivating illustration of Nature’s unpredictable power.

Hidden GemHidden GemJackson Finn Art: Hidden Gem


Pulse

April 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This piece, entitled Pulse, was taken in autumn, just as the swell began rolling in on the Carlsbad Shore.  Ponto State Beach is the local’s favorite spot to camp out during the warm summer months. It’s an even better spot to hunker down and wait for that perfect moment to capture the deep, rich colors of the setting sun on the glassy ocean.  Pulse earns it’s name by the velvety waves that seem to rhythmically roll toward you as you take in the depth and mesmerizing mood of the piece. This image was taken with a slow shutter speed as I gently pulled the camera along the horizon, giving it an elegant brush-stroke appearance.  I use this technique in each piece of my Abstract Series.

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