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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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August 2013

Neon Web

A tiny web hung with morning dew.
A tiny web hung with morning dew.

Off-focus and shallow depth of field create a nearly neon effect on this tiny spider’s web in our front field.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50m lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/2500″ exposure.

Web of Pearls

A web of pearls on a dewy morning
A web of pearls on a dewy morning

Sometimes being a bit out of focus is a good thing…

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 100,  f/1.8, 1/800″ exposure

Hosta Drops

Rain water cascades off hosta leaves by our front porch
Rain water cascades off hosta leaves by our front porch

As the rain came down off of our front porch roof, it dripped on to the hostas growing below. Water was pooling on the leaves and cascading from their very functional tips. I struggled with the proper shutter speed to capture this as the leaves themselves were moving quite a bit as the rain hit them. This 1/500″ exposure just about captures it…

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 68mm, ISO 2500, f/6.3, 1/500″ exposure.

Drowning Morning Glory

A morning glory nearly submerged in our pond
A morning glory nearly submerged in our pond

I saw this morning glory blossom floating on the surface of our pond, but it wasn’t until I’d zoomed in close that I noticed the fine puckering of the water around its edges due to the surface tension. I was about to change lenses when I heard a rush of wind and the roar of rain coming in over the hill above our front field. I made it to cover just as the sky let loose. By the time the storm had passed, the blossom had been submerged.

Nikon D600, Sigma 140-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure

Déjeuner sur mouche

A black and yellow garden spider with a recent catch
A black and yellow garden spider with a recent catch

Black-and-yellow garden spiders (Argiope aurantia) are quite common here in Vermont. This fine lady had recently caught herself a fly and was snacking on it when I came across her. She scurried away when I got low to shoot and then slowly returned to continue her meal.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/3.8, 1/2500″ exposure.

The hirsute fly

A furry fly on a fern in our front field
A furry fly on a fern in our front field

Sorry ’bout the alliteration… couldn’t resist. Back in macro-land here and bug hunting in our front field.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

Beetle vine

A Japanese beetle lurks...
A Japanese beetle lurks…

A Japanese beetle hides out on a vine that stretches along the top of our lower veggie garden fence.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 500, f/2.2, 1/2500″ exposure.

Echinacea

Though past their prime, these echinacea are still lovely in filtered morning sunlight.
Though past their prime, these echinacea are still lovely in filtered morning sunlight.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 250, f/1.8, 1/400″ exposure.

Susans…

A field of black-eyed Susans
A field of black-eyed Susans

The Valley Stage in Huntington, Vermont had a perfect day for its musical wonders. This field of black-eyed Susans was right next to the stage.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 125, f/2.2, 1/2500″ exposure

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