rEvo in The Egyptian Red Sea

Mark has just returned from Egypt where he spent a perfect week on his rEvo Rebreather diving in perfect conditions on some favourite wrecks including the SS Carnatic (1896), Kimon M (1978) and beautiful reefs such as the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas and Sha’ab El Erg.

Sha’ab El Erg reef aka Dolphin House © Mark Sharman

Sha’ab El Erg reef aka Dolphin House © Mark Sharman

Whilst there Mark was trying out a new (analogue) camera set up using the Sony A7SII camera, Nauticam housing and an old school Nikonos 15mm manual underwater lens (one of the sharpest and finest specialist lenses ever made). 

Mark becomes a qualified drone pilot

Following an intense theoretical course hosted by Heliguy near Farnborough Mark has recently been awarded Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission for commercial operations of small unmanned aircraft (PfCO SUA). Since then he has completed his operations manual, invested in a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone and has clocked up hundreds of hours of practise and on-location experience. 

My Phantom 4 Pro drone is an incredible tool to add to my arsenal of camera kit. Stunning aerial views bring a new, previously unexplored perspective to my work and add variety and context to my artistic vision.
— Mark Sharman, Drone Cameraman

Since gaining his drone qualification Mark has operated in a number of exciting locations (to date) including:
* British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Archipelago)
* Colombian coast filming Humpback Whales
* Fjords of Norway filming Orcas
* Sri Lankan coast filming Sperm Whales and Dolphins
* Bahamas filming sharks
* Lake Garda filming Newfoundland rescue dogs
* London filming swimmers in a 1930’s indoor pool
* Wales filming grey seals and countryside

TV production drone credits include the following (to date):
* Blue Planet II (BBC One)
* One Strange Rock (National Geographic)
* Wild Britain (Channel 5)
* First Brit: The 10,000-Year-Old Man (Channel 4)

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Arabian Adventure

Mark spent 11 weeks filming underwater and topside across Oman in 2016 for a ten part wildlife and nature series. A total of ten episodes make up 'Arabian Inferno' and 'Arabian Seas' all of which can now be viewed online via the Love Nature Channel.

Arabian Inferno Trailer

The Arabian landscape is a virtually waterless desert where rain scarcely falls and animals endure blistering temperatures. But for three months every year, a remote region on the south-west coast undergoes an astonishing transformation into a lush, verdant oasis. See how the desert’s most iconic creatures adapt to the scorching temperatures of Arabia and stark conditions around them.
— Blue Ant Media & Love Nature
Discover the remarkable underwater world of the United Arab Emirates and the largely unexplored coral reefs of Oman. Barely known to the rest of the world, this aquatic paradise is home to thousands of fascinating creatures who are pitched in a battle for survival. From endangered turtles, mysterious sharks and deadly rays to tiny inquisitive shrimps and feisty reef fish, we reveal their aquatic secrets and marvel at this majestic and rarely explored world.
— Blue Ant Media & Love Nature

Topside and underwater sequences that Mark shot for this series include:
* Blanfords Fox at night
* Chameleon hunting Orbweaver Spiders
* Nesting adult Green Turtles (and hatchlings)
* Additional topside sequences featuring camels, Kingfishers and lizards
* Crescent Wrasse hunting Damselfish en masse
* Hawksbill Turtles uncovering Cuttlefish eggs
* Juvenile Green Turtles feeding on coastal algae
* Territorial Squid and Cuttlefish mating
* Whale Sharks with their entourage of Remora fish
* Additional underwater sequences featuring Seahorses, Sting Ray, Leopard Sharks and Crown-of-thorns Starfish

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