About Neil Bromhall

Neil Bromhall Based in Oxford, I trained as a scientific photographer. I worked for 16 years as a freelance wildlife cameraman working mainly for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. I specialised in macro and time lapse filming.

Qualified as a PADI Divemaster I also filmed underwater.

I was awarded an Emmy for my camerawork on Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Private Life of Plants’.

Kodak Vision Award

BAFTA nominated for BBC Lion Battlefields

Emmy nominated for Discovery Channel Footprints in the Forest

Emmy nominated for BBC Predators. Nowhere to Hide

For the past six years I’ve been working on an interactive plant selector CD-ROM aimed to help people find and select the right plants for their garden so that can design a colourful garden using the right plants to suit their garden conditions. This allows me to photograph plants and develop ideas as well as produce a useful plant resource for garden enthusiasts whatever their level of experience.

I pay freelance Authors ‘with mud under their fingernails’ to write about and describe plants in layman’s terms. The programming is done in Flash and designed for simple use. All you do is move the mouse and click – the computer does the searching.

I’m trying to encourage youngsters as well as people with learning difficulties to take up gardening. Gardening is a creative and rewarding hobby or profession. What I hope the CD-ROM provides is a quick and easy to use plant information resource.

My ambition is to add more plants and data to create the authoritative plant resource. 

In addition to the PC & MAC compatible CD-ROMs we have made the information and images streamable. This saves on carbon and production costs.

Our latest product is software that will fit in to a palm computer so that people can use the 3,500 plant 9,000 photographs plant database on the move.

With climate changes we’ve updated the plant collection to include plants and advice to cope with drought conditions.

Being keen on wildlife I’ve included hundreds of plants to attract wildlife to our gardens. I don’t endorse the use of chemicals, I prefer to recommend natural pest control such as nematode worms, hedgehogs, frog and toads, ladybirds, hoverfly larva, lacewing larva.

22 Responses to About Neil Bromhall

  1. Anna says:

    This is some pretty amazing things about you. So glad to have you join blotanical. I look forward to seeing your work.

  2. Thank you Anna,
    Making wildlife films is very much team work so the Awards I was up for was not just for my camerawork – it’s the whole program.
    I had great fun filming wildlife which is my passion.
    I’m now taking it easier by photographing plants and time-lapse in the studio.
    Best wishes

  3. Shivani says:

    Neil, How long do your potatoes keep, the way you store them in sand? I am looking for a way to store potatoes all winter.

  4. The potatoes I put in to the box of sand are still as fresh as the day I put them in over 3 months ago.
    The potatoes I put in to a plastc bag have all rotted.

  5. joegraham says:

    Hi Neil

    I really like your time lapse recordings of dandelions!

    Is it possible to obtain a (mac)cd containing this footage for use as a visual aid? I am an artist currently doing my postgrad at the Slade, UCL London. I am looking for footage showing all the stages of growth of the dandelion, this is perfect. My email is attached for a reply. Thanks, J Graham

    • The BBC Gardeners World want to use some of my time-lapses, so it would not be possible to use the original images but you can use the link from Youtube and give me a credit. The image quality on Youtube isn’t brilliant but does give an impression of the action.
      Best wishes

  6. Coming across your piece about leaf cutter bees I was utterly humbled. I, too, live in Oxford and try to inspire people to share their gardens with nature, working alongside rather than competing with it. What an amazing thing is the www . . .

  7. […] ou en français dent-de-lion, fleur plus connue sous le nom de pissenlit ! Fruit du travail de Neil Bromhall, cette petite video en time-lapse retrace la vie d’une fleur de pissenlit sur une période […]

  8. Hi Niel,

    First I would like to say your timelapse footage is truly breath taking. I watched every you tube video back to back once I was introduced. I am a special effects artist and am experimenting in timelapse. I was wondering what type of device you used to have such a rotation in the timelapse flowers. I imagine it was the flowers spinning rather than the camera orbiting but curious how involved it was for Im no engineer.

    Your insights would be greatly appreaciated!

    Thanks and looking forward to any new works


    • Hi Sebastian, Thank you for your kind comments about my time lapses and I’d delighted that you liked them.
      I have a track as well as a rotating head that I use to get movement into some of the sequences. The equipment was developed when I worked on the BBC ‘Private Life Of Plants’ series. The engineer who made the equipment for us then went on to work for Aardman Animation. In those days we used Bolex super 16mm film cameras but now we’ve got the kit to work with my Nikon Digital cameras. I have one control box to run the cameras. This also closes a blind covering the grow light so I’m only exposing with a studio flash heads. The Camera Control box is linked to the track or rotating head Control box. The trick is to predict where the subject will be or grow to over the period the time-lapse takes to achieve. Unfortunately the engineer can’t compete with the cheaper time-lapse gear coming from the USA and is no longer making the equipment.
      I hope this helps
      best wishes

      • Thanks Neil for your prompt and detailed response!

        Wow so you did use a track and you did have an engineer : ) I was thinking of some how attaching the hour hand of a large clock to some very light mini roses or something but maybe it was me just watching too much macguiver growing up. But hey maybe it could work? I didn’t even think about having separate lights for the growing process.

        I love the bolex! unfortunately haven’t taken her out for awhile because of the cost.

        That’s amazing how consistent your imagery is (no flicker) was there any post processing evolved? You really you do a great job in framing as you mentioned is very difficult.

        Thanks for all your help!

        your work is truly inspiring



  9. […] wildlife cameraman, Neil Bromhall, has worked on many a BBC nature documentary. In this one-minute close-up, he snapped a photo every […]

  10. Bravo. You are very accomplished indeed. Great achievements.

  11. Aleia says:

    Your photos are amazing, beautiful, i’ve put one on my poetry blog and credited to you, i will take it down if you do wish me to do this.

  12. Anis Mokhti says:

    Hi, do you have an email address. What is the procedure if we would like to use any of your time lapse shot for a tv commercial purpose. We are looking at the following footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5QH3bGF4uU.

    Your quick response is much appreciated. We can be reached at lensafilm@gmail.com

    Thank you,

  13. olin mcghie says:

    Neil! I LOVE your work! Amazing! !! I am a musician and I currently am not making any money off of my song “organic” as it is a free release, but I would like your permission to use some of your work on a lyric video I wish to release to my song. Thank you in advance!

  14. Jackson says:

    I’m a big fan! Love the monarch butterfly time lapse.

  15. […] o vídeo do fotógrafo americano Neil Bromhall. Ele usou uma técnica de filmagem chamada time lapse para registrar o momento exato em que as […]

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