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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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August 2014

Luminous

Dried grasses along the Winooski River
Dried grasses along the Winooski River

The midday sun backlights these drying grasses between the railroad tracks and the Winooski River in Jonesville.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/4000″ exposure

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On its way…

Pagoda dogwood pops red near the Winooski River
Pagoda dogwood pops red near the Winooski River

The first colors of fall are beginning to creep in. This pagoda dogwood was popping red down by the Winooski River in Jonesville.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/1250″ exposure

Nose lickin’ good…

A fat and happy doe over by the duck coop
A fat and happy doe over by the duck coop

I got a shot of this very healthy looking doe munching on corn cobs over by our duck/chicken coop. No doubt she’s at least partially responsible for the recent pillaging in our vegetable gardens…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/7.1, 1/50″ exposure.

Cellophane flow

Water over rocks like cellophane
Water over rocks like cellophane

The right shutter speed and light angle combine to make flowing water look like cellophane molded over rocks.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 200, f/9, 1/10″ exposure.

Beads

Tiny dew drops cling to a spider's web in the grass.
Tiny dew drops cling to a spider’s web in the grass.

These tiny beads of dew were clinging to a low-slung spider’s web in the grass by the pond. I’d say the largest drops were smaller than half-a-millimeter.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Light Scribbles

Reflected sunlight creates doodles in flowing water
Reflected sunlight creates dancing scribbles on flowing water

The first time I stumbled upon this phenomenon of light scribbles in falling water, I was hooked. The key is finding spots on the water that are getting direct sunlight. A polarizing filter and slow shutter speed do the trick to capture some fanciful scribbles…

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/18, 1/8″ exposure.

Hung up

Leaves hung up on branches in Fargo Brook
Leaves hung up on branches in Fargo Brook

Colorful leaves get hung up on sticks and branches in Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 40mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 1000, f/9, 1/8″ exposure.

Full “super” moon

The full moon rises last night...
The full moon rises last night…

The term “supermoon” gets bandied about a lot by the media. The term itself is a concoction of the media and astrology, but it does refer to a true astronomical phenomenon known as a “perigee-syzygy“. This is the coincidence of the the moon being full (or new) and its perigee, or closest approach to the earth. The “supermoon” appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than your garden variety full moon. Last night’s moonrise was quite lovely, and the moon sported a coppery color dues to smoke in the atmosphere from forest fires in western Canada and the US. I took today’s shot from a favorite spot up on Texas Hill Road.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/6″ exposure.

Suspension

A solitary dew drop
A solitary dew drop

A solitary dew drop clings to the end of a blade of grass.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400″ exposure

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