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The ecology and history of forests and landscapes, and new ways to see these things. High-resolution stitched images of vegetation, including low elevation aerial photography and multispectral imaging. Design and distribution of 3D printed aerial photography rigs via the KAPtery. Enlightening communities about where they live by revealing new perspectives on their environment.

Note: The BARNSTAR lineup above (with hover text!) is experimental, and I have not actually been awarded one of those barnstars (shhhhh).


cfastie was awarded the Basic Barnstar by warren for their work published in Superblue.


cfastie was awarded the Photo Documentation Barnstar by stevie for their work published in NE Organizers Summit.


New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | 6 days ago | 10 | 436 views | 2

NDVI is an index (a unit-free number) related to how much photosynthetic activity is occurring. A...

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L E A F F E S T

by cfastie | 6 days ago | 0 | 374 views | 1

Above: Group aerie at LEAFFEST 2012. WHAT: An annual meetup to refine Public Lab tools and bra...

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Titan 2 IR flight

by cfastie | 24 days ago | 2 | 594 views | 2

I took a new Titan 2 IR rig for a test flight yesterday. I flew the Fled kite over a clearing whe...

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Can open source beat this?

by cfastie | about 1 month ago | 8 | 231 views | 1

Last summer, Jeremy Littell of the US Department of Interior Alaska Climate Science Center instal...

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Titan 2 IR

by cfastie | 2 months ago | 4 | 942 views | 3

Once again I have been remiss in field testing the aerial camera rigs that I have been designing ...

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NE Barnraising 2014

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 1 | 580 views | 5

Above: The idle free zone at Jones River Landing. . For some of us, the two-day Northeast Barnrai...

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NE Organizers Summit

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 1 | 424 views | 5

The Friday before the Northeast Barnraising brought together a half dozen Public Lab Organizers, ...

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Halo: Red vs. Blue

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 1 | 492 views | 3

Above: A bucket blocks the Sun at the center of a 22° ice crystal halo. . There was a 22° halo ar...

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Super Redstone

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 3 | 995 views | 2

I took a new super-red Infragram camera for a test flight yesterday over a field that was scarred...

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iFarm quad flight

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 4 | 931 views | 1

Saturday afternoon at iFarm 2014 was aerial photography time. Dorn's Bixler plane flew with an In...

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iFarm aeries

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 1 | 807 views | 2

Above: Severine flying the Redstone Rig. . On Saturday afternoon at IFarm last weekend, aerial p...

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iFarm tour

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 1 | 551 views | 1

After lunch on Saturday, some of us took a 30 minute tour of Tuckaway Farm in a hay wagon. Our wa...

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iFarm tech talks

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 0 | 672 views | 1

This past Saturday morning at iFarm at Tuckaway Farm in New Hampshire, we heard from eight presen...

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iFarm UAV Field Day

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 0 | 729 views | 1

Above: Matt Koestner of UAV America unfolding the DJI S1000 (Photo: Ned Horning). Each year iFar...

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The Titan 2 Rig

by cfastie | 4 months ago | 1 | 1,497 views | 0

The Infragram camera makes capturing aerial photos for infrared vegetation analysis easy. The alt...

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Mobius NDVI

by cfastie | 4 months ago | 11 | 1,733 views | 0

Above: It should be pretty easy for a DIY NDVI image to differentiate between things in this scen...

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Mobius white balance

by cfastie | 4 months ago | 0 | 1,589 views | 1

Above: Wratten 25A Infragram of Hedwigia ciliata taken with a modified Mobius ActionCam and Filte...

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NIR and white balance

by cfastie | 4 months ago | 1 | 1,029 views | 0

Above: An LED which emits only near infrared light around 850 nm photographed under normal room l...

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Mobius IR conversion

by cfastie | 4 months ago | 14 | 2,068 views | 2

Above: The Mobius ActionCam opens with two screws. One more set screw and you can expose the IR f...

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Mobius Filter-O-Matic

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 2 | 1,482 views | 0

To figure out how to get the best plant health images with a Mobius ActionCam, I will remove the ...

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Mobius and NIR

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 7 | 1,273 views | 1

Above: The Mobius ActionCam (top), one of the earlier "spy" cams (lower), and LEDs for testing. ...

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Pierre's plastic Picavet

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 2 | 1,153 views | 0

I have been positioning the Redstone Rig as an upgrade to the soda bottle rig for holding cameras...

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New KAP'n Hook

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 2 | 1,039 views | 2

I destroyed some more 3D printed parts in the guise of science today. This time I put a spring ba...

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KAP'n Hook fail

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 5 | 1,284 views | 1

Peter Bults of KAPshop generously sent me a message when he saw the 3D printed KAP/BAP rigs I st...

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The Redstone Rig is ready

by cfastie | 5 months ago | 2 | 1,769 views | 6

I started designing this aerial photography rig at Christmas when I got access to one of the Make...

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3D printed mapping rigs

by cfastie | 6 months ago | 4 | 1,163 views | 1

Above: Public Lab's MakerBot 3D printer in Vermont has been busy. . At SNOWFEST I introduced som...

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SNOWFEST the Movie

by cfastie | 6 months ago | 1 | 618 views | 0

There was some discussion of Blair House on Public Lab regional forums before SNOWFEST, and Laura...

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Mobile cuvette holder

by cfastie | 6 months ago | 3 | 1,728 views | 1

At SNOWFEST we made great progress on the smartphone spectrometer cuvette holder thanks to Jeff's...

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I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

by cfastie | 8 months ago | 0 | 1,168 views | 3

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good flight.

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Root crops

by cfastie | 9 months ago | 0 | 1,587 views | 0

Image above: The last of the carrots and potatoes were harvested today. The Brussels sprouts will...

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