Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

About Me

I’ve been a photographer and a birder since the early 1970’s. Naturally, most of my photography now centers on birds, but I do shoot other subjects. I now shoot only digital, having made the switch from film in November 2004 and wishing I’d done it sooner.

I’ve used Nikon cameras and lenses since I started in photography: my current gear is a D200 body (and a D70 that is now a backup and used in point-and-shoot mode with the kit lens). For birds I use a Nikkor AF-S 300/2.8 lens mounted on a Nikon TC20E 2x converter; for general purpose shooting I use the 18-70 AF-S kit lens a lot, or an older 105/28 AF macro, or ancient 200/4 manual focus Nikkor macro lens. For really wide views I use my only non-Nikon lens: a 12-24 f/4 Tokina.

In addition to birds I’m interested in the full range of nature subjects and shoot dragonflies, lizards and snakes whenever possible. Although I like a good scenic as much as anyone I don’t shoot many of them; probably because I’m too busy chasing birds when the light is good for landscapes. I have an interest in “entropy” subjects: things showing “gradual decline into disorder” like weathered wood, flaking paint, abandoned buildings, etc. I did a lot more of this when I was shooting black-and-white in the 1970’s.

This blog is intended to cover a variety of topics about my photography and won’t be limited to birds, although it will start out that way. I’ll talk about selected images in more detail than I do on my primary web site I will also post topics that need some fine tuning or that I’d like to get feedback from visitors.

Please have patience as I experiment with the templates that control the appearance of this blog and learn the features: it may look a lot different on future visits as I look for the best format for my needs.



  1. i’m looking forward to your other ideas on light, framing etc. i don’t have a fancy camera, just a digital Panasonic Lumix that I’ve had for a year. I do love to photograph birds in our yard. Problem is that we now have a “blah” yard and there are only “blah” birds coming to the feeders. I have been to the Riparian you mentioned. Loved that area. Thanks for giving me the information on your website today.

    Comment by sandy skinner — January 12, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  2. Love your pics! Discovered them while searching for pics of grebes and loons, which seem to be often mislabled (including on our blog). We started as backyard birders and our interest has grown from there. My husband takes the majority of the pictures that end up on our blog, so I’ll be sure and share your site with him so we can benefit from your experience. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Christine Pazzani — November 17, 2009 @ 6:44 am

  3. Rich,
    I hope you’re well.It’s good to see youhave not lost your talent as a photographer.
    Birding helps maintain my sanity but I’m not at it enough.
    There was a Woodcock on the sidewalk last week on 7th Avenue in NYC. THat was nutty.


    Comment by Jeff Hirsch — March 13, 2010 @ 11:00 am

  4. Hi Rich
    Very nice site. like your pics and the sharing of the circumstances surounding them..very helpfull to us new to bird photography. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Dan Woodward — April 20, 2010 @ 4:38 am

  5. A little humor…

    I remember a day when my friend Rich Ditch posted an Avocet “butt shot” image on a critique gallery that we are both members of.  I had seen the thumbnail but wasn’t prepared for the laughter that would erupt from me when I viewed the…

    Trackback by on the wing photography — August 21, 2010 @ 11:08 am

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