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.

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.

Passing by…

A juvenile gull at Popham Beach
A juvenile gull at Popham Beach

A person walked by in the distance as I snapped this shot of a juvenile gull at Popham Beach.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lense @ 280mm, ISO 400, f/5.5, 1/6400″ exposure.

Over the edge

A horse and rider at Popham Beach
A horse and rider at Popham Beach

Popham Beach in Maine offers some lovely views and miles of sandy beach. I was struck by this view of a horse and rider (and a person walking a dog) just over the edge of the “mirage” horizon.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/640″ exposure.


A well poised sandpiper
A poised sandpiper

On a late afternoon paddle up an estuary, we came across a few sandpipers (I’m not very good with my shorebird identification…) This little fellow stuck around for quite a while allowing me to get in fairly close for some shots.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure.


Yellow flower and contrail
Yellow flower and contrail

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There’s a story behind these photos: Robin & I were in Boothbay Harbor the other evening. We had noticed two young women—dressed very fashionably and sporting carefully applied makeup—taking selfie after selfie of themselves in various places around town. We were on the footbridge across the harbor, and the two women were there, taking selfies of course. As they passed us, a yellow flower fell out of one woman’s hair and onto the bridge. Robin picked up the flower—smelling of the woman’s perfume—and tossed it onto the water. As we watched it drift, we noticed the contrails reflected in the water. Photography ensued…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-120mm lens @ 100mm, ISO 800, f/800, f/4.7, 1/400″ exposure.

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