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Mini 2 The Natural Beauty and Architecture of Cantabria in Spain

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Cantabria is an impressive and charming region, as one of its tourist slogans says, Cantabria is infinite and although it may seem exaggerated, it is not far from the truth. It is practically impossible to visit all its wonderful places in a single trip, but we can guarantee that after the first visit, you will want to repeat the experience many more times.

One characteristic that sets Cantabria apart from many other regions is the contrast of its landscapes. You can go from being in the impressive Picos de Europa, to the wildest beaches, prehistoric caves and charming stone villages. Tourism in Cantabria is tourism in a region where nothing is lacking.

Cantabria is a mountainous and coastal region with an important natural heritage. Its energetic relief means that 40% of its surface area is above 700 m above sea level and a third of the region has slopes of more than 30%. There are three morphologically well differentiated areas:

THE SEA
A coastal strip of low, wide and smoothly shaped valleys, about 10 km wide, whose altitude does not usually exceed 500 m. It borders the sea, forming steep cliffs that are broken by the appearance of river mouths, generating estuaries and beaches.
THE MOUNTAINS
It is a long barrier of abrupt mountains parallel to the sea that make up part of the Cantabrian mountain range. The highest elevation in Cantabria is located at the peak of Torre Blanca (2,619 metres).
CAMPOO AND THE SOUTHERN VALLEYS
With a more continentalised climate, it has an optimal development of forest masses.

Although the Autonomous Community of Cantabria covers an area of only 5,300 square kilometres, it offers the curious differences in climate, fauna and vegetation typical of a large region. Its fauna and flora are extremely rich, with one of the last refuges of bears, wolves, capercaillies, black woodpeckers, wallcreepers and golden eagles, especially in the Saja and Picos de Europa reserves.

On the Cantabrian coast, dotted with fishing villages, beaches and small coves, you can enjoy beautiful landscapes. Inland, mountainous landscapes abound, with beautiful valleys.

The most unique mountain in Spain is in Cantabria, the Peña Labra mountain range, a peak that hardly stands out among the surrounding mountains, but which nevertheless has the peculiarity that a drop falling on its summit can fall into the Atlantic Ocean, the Cantabrian Sea or the Mediterranean. This is the reason for its name of Pico de Tres Mares (Peak of Three Seas), because from here the Pisuerga River starts, which later becomes the Duero, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean; the brave Nansa River flows into the Cantabrian Sea; and finally the Hijar, which will soon become the Ebro and then flow into the Mediterranean. From this singular summit, mountain excursions are often undertaken and the Ebro can be descended by canoe.

The Cantabrian capital, Santander
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, is located in a beautiful bay, whose port supports a great deal of maritime traffic. It also has a large airport and boasts of being an open and cosmopolitan city. It is worth mentioning the wide range of cultural activities on offer during the summer season, especially thanks to its Menéndez Pelayo International University and the International Festival. Its museums, bullfighting fairs, gambling casino and the incomparable setting of the Sardinero beach make Santander an extremely attractive city for leisure.

A few kilometres from the city is Santillana del Mar, a beautiful town with medieval streets and houses, where the renowned Prehistoric Caves of Altamira, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are located. Other prehistoric caves of great importance can also be visited throughout the region. The rich historical and artistic heritage of Cantabria is completed with interesting cave churches (in the valley of Valderredible), Roman ruins, Mozarabic churches, Romanesque collegiate churches and other monuments of great antiquity.

But Cantabria not only shows us monuments made by the hand of man, but also those made by the hand of God, nowadays preserved as natural parks.

The traditional festivals of Cantabria, its handicrafts and its gastronomy round off so many attractions that make this region truly worthy of a visit, which will not only not disappoint but will bring fascinating surprises.
 
I always look forward to your videos. This one did not disappoint. Wonderful! Aside from the drone video, are all your pans and tilts done on with the camera on a tripod or in post? I've been in video production for over 45 years and pans and tilts that slow are very difficult to pull off but yours are perfect!
 
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This is an outstanding video--Cantabria is a beautiful place. Your use of the telephoto lens early in the video illustrates how it can be used effectively. The music is well matched in quality and coordination with the imagery. Great image capture is evident throughout. Thanks for posting.
 
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I always look forward to your videos. This one did not disappoint. Wonderful! Aside from the drone video, are all your pans and tilts done on with the camera on a tripod or in post? I've been in video production for over 45 years and pans and tilts that slow are very difficult to pull off but yours are perfect!

I'm so happy to hear that you like my videos and that you follow them! I wish there were more of you ;-)

Regarding the pans and tints, there's a bit of everything:

- There are shots with a 700-200 stabilized, as well as the camera body, from a boat and supported by a monopod.
- The night shots are with an unstabilised lens, the body is stabilised and the camera is on a tripod and video head.
- The rest of the shots are with the same stabilised body, a stabilised 70-200mm, a stabilised 24-105 and an unstabilised 20-60mm and all with the camera in the hands.

Many of the shots from the boat are unusable, there is no way to stabilise them in post. Of the rest, the pan and tilt is done with the camera in the hands but almost all of them look good because of the magic of post production.

As a picture is worth a thousand words, I've uploaded the scene of the tanker and the patrol boat passing in front of it, as captured by the camera (Log mode) to here:
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Thank you very much for watching the video and commenting!
 
Another awesome video!
 
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This is an outstanding video--Cantabria is a beautiful place. Your use of the telephoto lens early in the video illustrates how it can be used effectively. The music is well matched in quality and coordination with the imagery. Great image capture is evident throughout. Thanks for posting.

Thanks for your nice comment!
 
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