Last weekend, Marc Mendoza and his family were visiting Ocean Grove when he decided to launch his quadcopter and shoot some aerial footage.
Flying above landmarks and the ocean and beach in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park, he captured a panoramic view of the area.
The blissful video shows the communities coming alive during the first summer weekend.
In an email interview, Mendoza discusses his motivation behind the video.
Can you tell me about why you shot aerial footage there?
I shot the footage for fun and practice. I’ve been “flying” for a while and have been learning to use editing software to better present my photos and video. My wife’s aunt and uncle have owned a house in Ocean Grove for as long as I can remember (at least 25 years) and they are kind enough to let the family stay down there whenever it’s available. We were there for the weekend so I used the opportunity to get some flying time in.
The scenes are beautiful. Did you intend to capture all sides of the area?
I debated going to different locations in Ocean Grove to get more landmarks but I wanted to get most of the footage early morning and late afternoon when there weren’t too many people around. I know some people are uneasy about the quadcopter so I didn’t want to make any waves. The locations I lacked were just a result of not having enough time. I figured I had enough footage to put something together.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I wish I had known the video was going to get so many views. I would’ve gotten more footage and spent a little more time buttoning it up! 🙂 It was really just for myself and the family to show to my wife’s aunt and uncle as a “thank you” for letting us use their house all the time. I’m flattered that it’s gotten as popular as it did. I received some nice messages and saw a bunch of comments on various Facebook posts.