John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Cellophane Water

A few years ago, I stumbled across what I’ve dubbed the “cellophane effect” when shooting moving water. I found myself exploring it again a bit the other day as I took some photos along Fargo Brook.

The key to achieving the effect is a fairly slow shutter speed (~1/25″) and shooting with the sun in front of you so that the light is bouncing directly off the water towards the lens. The light traces fine squiggly lines across the moving water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 100, various apertures, 1/25″ exposure.

Positive & Negative

Positive & negative space in stream ice

Warren Falls

The pools at Warren Falls

A little something to take your mind off “things”. A view of Warren Falls yesterday afternoon.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 100, f/22, 5″ exposure.


Colorful leaves swirl in a small pool

A long shutter exposure yields colorful results as leaves swirl slowly in a small pool near the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 16mm, ISO 100, f/16, 8″ 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.


Low tide

Low tide at Wolf Point Beach, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

The tides in the Bay of Fundy average around 35′. When they’re out, there’s a lot of real estate exposed to wander about on. We took a walk on Wolf Point Beach in Fundy National Park, New Bruswick. A barnacle encrusted driftwood log made a nice frame for Robin strolling along.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-19mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ 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.

Thin ice

Delicately thin ice surrounds a fallen branch near the Winooski River

We went on a little stroll along the trails of the Warren & Grace Beeken Riverside Preserve in Richmond the other day. Cold morning temperatures had allowed thin ice to form in a vernal pool in the flood plain. As the water receded during the day, the ice was suspended in the air, still clinging to the objects that had help form it. Lovely!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.


Last fall’s maple leaf emerging from the ice

The ice along the edges of our pond is slowly receding. This maple leaf from last fall emerges…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200″ exposure

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