18 episodes

If you’d like to learn a little more about the natural world and how to take better pictures? This is the podcast for you. These podcasts are about inspiring a passion for wildlife. Explaining taking incredible pictures isn’t that difficult. We’re Mark and Jacky Bloomfield, and we take photos of the natural world for a living. We want to help people understand, enjoy and learn about the things we are passionate about, wildlife and photography.

Wildlife and Photography M & J Bloomfield

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If you’d like to learn a little more about the natural world and how to take better pictures? This is the podcast for you. These podcasts are about inspiring a passion for wildlife. Explaining taking incredible pictures isn’t that difficult. We’re Mark and Jacky Bloomfield, and we take photos of the natural world for a living. We want to help people understand, enjoy and learn about the things we are passionate about, wildlife and photography.

    18 - Our kit recommendations for macro photography

    18 - Our kit recommendations for macro photography

    Have you ever stopped and wondered how close-ups of flowers, butterflies, etc., are taken? These pictures are the ones we repeatedly take regularly.
    Over many years we have tested many bits of equipment. Some have been a help; others have ended up in a box somewhere. 
    In this episode, we will tell you what we carry with us. Why we do it and how we use it. Learn from our successes and failures. 
    You’re going to be surprised by some of the equipment we use. But over the years, we have refined what we take with us. What helps us create spectacular and individual pictures; of the intricate, macro world that surrounds us all.
    Take a journey into the world of macro photography. Don’t make the mistakes we did. Find out what we have ended up using, and learn from us.
     
    Companies that manufacture the products we mention in the podcast.
    O’Tom Tick Twister - https://www.otom.com/
    Zeiss Binoculars - https://www.zeiss.co.uk/
    Gitzo - https://www.gitzo.com/uk-en/
    Arca Swiss - https://www.arca-shop.de/en/
    Manfrotto - https://www.manfrotto.com/
    Sto Fen - http://www.stofen.net/
    Lumecube - https://lumecube.com/
    Wimberley - https://www.tripodhead.com/
    X-Rite - https://www.xrite.com/
    Helicon Soft - https://www.heliconsoft.com/
     
    Our Social media links
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/

    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085

    • 41 min
    17 - Trees, myths, legends and the science - Part Two

    17 - Trees, myths, legends and the science - Part Two

    Episode 17 part 2 of the wildlife and photography podcast “Trees, myths legends and the science”. We continue where Episode 16 left off with another five tree species, facts, and recent scientific findings, about how woodlands and the trees in them work together.
    Trees and the products we make from them have been part of our world and homes, for tens of thousands of years. We understand how important wood is when we look for furniture to make life comfortable. We burn wood to keep us warm in the cold or cook our food on. But we don’t really have a deep understanding of how a tree and woodland work. We have lived side by side for 3 mega-annum, but it is perhaps only in the last 100 years that we have begun to understand, just what a complex organism a tree is.
    Chapter timings
    Hazel                                     09:10
    Horse Chestnut              16:30
    Oak                                        22:48
    Rowan                                  29:31
    Scots Pine                          35:14
     
    Organisations
    Trees for life - https://treesforlife.org.uk/
    Woodland Trust - https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
    American Forests - https://www.americanforests.org/
    The World Wildlife Fund - https://www.wwf.org.uk/
    Wildlife Conservation Society - https://www.wcs.org/
     
    Social media 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/
    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085
     
    Donation
    We have a dear friend who's husband passed away. In his memory, a grove of trees is being planted here in the highlands. If you would like to help with the planting of new trees you can make a donation here - https://treesforlife.org.uk/groves/g5891/

    • 44 min
    16 - Trees, myths, legends and the science

    16 - Trees, myths, legends and the science

    Episode 16 – of the Wildlife and Photography podcast is all about Trees, myths, legends, and the science that surrounds trees. Trees have been part of our culture and providing us with material goods for tens of thousands of years. Over that time we and our ancestors have revered, and worshiped trees. We have come to rely on the tree to provide warmth comfort and protection from the world.
    Most of us, however, know very little about the woodlands we love to visit, and even less about the trees which grow there. It is only in the last few decades that our understanding of trees and the role they play in our lives has started to emerge.
    It is a truly fascinating subject and you will never look at a tree in the same way after listening to this podcast.
    If you want to know even more after listening to this episode, the next episode number 17 will be about trees as well. Because we couldn’t get all that we wanted to tell you into one episode.
    Chapter timings
    Alder            10:52 mins
    Ash              16:17 mins
    Aspen           21:29 mins
    Beech           26:22 mins
    Birch            31:22 mins
    Elm              36:29 mins
     
    Organisation
    Trees for life - https://treesforlife.org.uk/
    Woodland Trust - https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
    American Forests - https://www.americanforests.org/
    The World Wildlife Fund - https://www.wwf.org.uk/
    Wildlife Conservation Society - https://www.wcs.org/
     
    Social media 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/
    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085
     
    Donation
    We have a dear friend who's husband passed away. In his memory, a grove of trees is being planted here in the highlands. If you would like to help with the planting of new trees you can make a donation here - https://treesforlife.org.uk/groves/g5891/

    • 40 min
    15 - Beautiful weather for photography

    15 - Beautiful weather for photography

    If you are taking pictures outdoors then this podcast is for you. The weather is an important consideration to the type of picture you are going to get, and it can even determine where you can go.
    The weather forecasts we had access to were so vague, we found that we were wasting time, by going to places, only to find the weather was not as predicted. Weather is so important to us, we decided that we had to do something to try and increase our odds of getting a get picture. We decided meteorology is a vast and complicated subject but there had to be a better way of knowing what the weather is going to do.
    It seems impossible for amateurs, to be able to do better than teams of trained meteorologists but it is not such an impossible task. What we learned, and use daily and why we took the decision to be our own weather forecasters. How we use the information that is on the internet to make our own predictions and give you some pointers on how to get started yourself. Are all in this episode.
    Don’t’ forget if you have any questions you would like to ask about this or any of our episodes please reach out to us on social media. We will try and give you an answer or at the very least point you in a direction that may get you the answer.

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/
    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085

    • 28 min
    14 - Meadows

    14 - Meadows

    Meadows are the subject of episode 14. Not just that bit of green, that flashes by as we look out of the car window. The subject is a vast one; in this podcast, we take an overview of the different types of meadows. These open areas of our countryside may look empty but, on land and sea, they are full of life and diversity. We consider how important they are, and what it could mean if we lose this valuable habitat. Join us as we take a wander through the fascinating world. Do reach out on social media if you have any questions.

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/
    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085

    • 12 min
    13 - Finding wildlife to photograph

    13 - Finding wildlife to photograph

    This episode, number 13 is about where to find wildlife and take pictures of it. For us, as wildlife and nature photographers we need to be able to find subjects to photograph. What may seem a simple task is in fact quite complicated and can be a challenge to people starting out in wildlife photography.
    The episode was inspired by one of our listeners who asked “How do you go about finding your subjects to photograph?” It was such a good question that we decided to do a complete episode trying to explain how we go about it.
    There are loads of hints and tips for you to try for yourself. And we will explain the different methods we have tried and our preferred way of working. This episode should give you lots of ideas on how to find subjects to photograph and along the way will give you an insight into how we get our images. Images that we like to think are just a little bit different from the norm. You will also get a greater understanding of why we do what we do.
     

    You can find out more about us and our work on social media

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MarkandJackyBloomfield/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mandjbloomfield
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mandjbloomfield/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/m&j-bloomfield/
    Buzzsprout - https://wildlifeandphotography.buzzsprout.com/1491085 

    • 27 min

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