Capitola from Above

Filmed over two beautiful mornings in April, 2014 using my Phantom 2 with the H3-3D gimbal, GoPro Hero3+ and GAUI FPV setup. Zero post stabilization used, only minor color correction.

Some History on Capitola
The original settlement now known as Capitola grew out of what was then called Soquel Landing. Soquel Landing got its name from a wharf located at the mouth of Soquel Creek. This wharf, which dates back to the 1850s, served as an outlet for the produce and lumber grown in the interior. In 1865, Captain John Pope Davenport, a whaleman at Monterey, moved his operations to be near the wharf. Unable to capture any whales, he moved his operations the following year to Point Año Nuevo.

In 1869, Frederick A. Hihn, who owned the property in the vicinity of the wharf, decided to develop it as a seaside resort. At first he leased the area to Samuel A. Hall and the area became known as Camp Capitola. Most authorities believe that it was Hihn who chose the name of Capitola, but they are unsure as to why he did so. Several possibilities have been asserted, one being that it was named for the heroine of The Hidden Hand, a novel by the popular author E.D.E.N. Southworth, favored by Hall’s daughter Lulu. Capitola is known as the oldest beach resort on the West Coast.

Capitola is a popular tourist town because of its trendy shops and restaurants on the shore directly connecting to a fishing wharf and its large, sandy beach.

Artist: Muse
Album: Absolution Instrumental
Song: Blackout (instrumental)


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Photographer specializing in action and nature.

10 comments on “Capitola from Above

  1. My favorite shot is the one backing through the wharf and then ascends into the sky to show the cliffs below, very unexpected and very cool.

  2. This is the first time I’d ever heard of Capitola, it’s beautiful. But, if I lived there I sure wouldn’t want to advertise it. 😉 Loved the way our was filmed, very smooth.

  3. Amazing!!!! Been to Capitola a million times…( I grew up around the area )……but Never saw it from the air like this…..

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Grew up in Capitola and living in Hawaii now but missing HOME!

  5. I lived there for a year, and this video almost made me cry. It completely captures the morning beauty of Capitol, that locals love. I like when the camera is backing down the wharf, and lowers almost to the ground, to go under the archway, then back up again. Stunning, just stunning! Thank you!

  6. I was born and raised in Capitola, as was my Mother and my Son…I now live in the Seattle area, and miss Capitola very much…F. Hihn is a relative by marriage, and I’ve heard many stories about him…your videos are wonderful..thank you..

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