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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.


Can open source beat this?

by cfastie | 9 days ago | 7 | 107 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 | about 1 month ago | 2 | 755 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 | about 1 month ago | 1 | 455 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 | about 1 month ago | 1 | 362 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 | about 1 month ago | 1 | 402 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 | about 1 month ago | 3 | 855 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 | 2 months ago | 4 | 818 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 | 2 months ago | 1 | 720 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 | 2 months ago | 1 | 484 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 | 2 months ago | 0 | 579 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 | 2 months ago | 0 | 615 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 | 3 months ago | 1 | 1,387 views | 0

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

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Mobius NDVI

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 11 | 1,422 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 | 3 months ago | 0 | 1,310 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 | 3 months ago | 1 | 902 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 | 3 months ago | 6 | 1,468 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 | 3 months ago | 2 | 1,231 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 | 3 months ago | 7 | 1,102 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 | 3 months ago | 2 | 953 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 | 4 months ago | 2 | 934 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 | 4 months ago | 5 | 1,153 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 | 4 months ago | 2 | 1,639 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 | 5 months ago | 4 | 1,051 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 | 5 months ago | 1 | 566 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 | 5 months ago | 3 | 1,578 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 | 7 months ago | 0 | 1,103 views | 3

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

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Root crops

by cfastie | 8 months ago | 0 | 1,518 views | 0

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

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Cryptogams

by cfastie | 8 months ago | 0 | 1,584 views | 0

Image above: Wratten 25A infrared image of moss branches in front of a mat of liverwort. . There...

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Moody Meadows

by cfastie | 8 months ago | 0 | 1,347 views | 0

I photographed the scene above of the Moody Meadows farm in New Haven, VT with Canon A2200 Powers...

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White balance for all

by cfastie | 8 months ago | 6 | 1,643 views | 2

I have been doing a custom white balance on my CCD Powershot Infragram cameras by filling the fra...

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near-infrared-camera vermont white-balance infragram