John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Sea Stars


We travelled to Maine over the weekend to take in a little bit of ocean. While exploring the rocks and tide pools of Fort Foster Park, I snapped these shots of sunlight glinting off the water and rockweed. A relatively slow shutter speed and tight aperture create the wonderful starbursts and light squiggles on the water.


Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 97mm, ISO 400, f/22, 1/30″ exposure.


Sunlight dapples sand and stone at Shelburne Beach

We made a brief stop at Shelburne Beach yesterday afternoon. The Lake Champlain water level is quite low right now (93.87′ feet—the record low was 92.61′ above mean sea level on December 4, 1908.) There were numerous sandbars exposed going out past the usual pebble and stone shoreline. The sunlight dappled nicely as small wavelets lapped across the sand. The stones in the shot are Iberville shale, a distinctive dark gray and white shale streaked with calcite. 

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.


Two-tone with stone

A sandstone round on two-toned sand

The beach a few steps from the cottage we stayed at on PEI was a wonderful place. This sandstone round caught my eye as it sat just above the line of wet and dry sand.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ `4mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/14, 1/200″ exposure

On the wing

Ruddy turnstones and sanderlings on the wing at Bahia Honda beach

There were quite a few ruddy turnstones and sanderlings gathering together and poking about in the washed up seagrass along the shore at Bahia Honda beach. When people approached, they would take off, swing out briefly over the waves and return to their foraging after the people passed.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 102mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/3200″ exposure.

Seagrass filigree

Seagrass filigree at Bahia Honda beach

Seagrass forms a wavy line along the water’s edge at Bahia Honda beach in the Keys.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/1300″ exposure.

Dive right in

A brown pelican dives for prey off of Bahia Honda beach in the Florida Keys.

We watched this brown pelican for quite a while as it hunted off the shore of Bahia Honda Beach in the Florida Keys. This shot is nanoseconds before splashing in.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/5000″ exposure (it was bright out!)


Low tide

Low tide along the sandbar at Popham Beach
Low tide along the sandbar at Popham Beach

A quick break from fall foliage photos… Here’s a shot from our recent trip to Popham Beach in Maine. Low tide offers wide open spaces and long vistas. I was captivated by the waves breaking just over the horizon of the sandbar at low tide.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 201mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/500″ exposure.

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