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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 Empiricism Barnstar by warren for their work published in Grating angle.


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.


cfastie was awarded the Photo Documentation Barnstar by stevie for their work published in LEAFFEST 2014 accounting.


Spherical KAP over Cocodrie

by cfastie | about 3 hours ago | 0 | 25 views | 0

The KAP rig I flew on Saturday at the Barnraising was a motorized pan/tilt rig which I controlled...

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Fixed wing over Cocodrie

by cfastie | about 22 hours ago | 4 | 226 views | 1

Charles Malveaux brought a very big model airplane to the Public Lab Barnraising last week, and p...

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All Barnraising Tweets

by cfastie | 1 day ago | 0 | 48 views | 0

This is the default Storify template which includes tweets with and without photos. [View the st...

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Barnraising Tweets

by cfastie | 2 days ago | 0 | 73 views | 0

This Storify template seems to include only the tweets with photos. See here for all the tweets. ...

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Mapping the LUMCON lawn

by cfastie | 12 days ago | 1 | 306 views | 1

Image above: The LUMCON volleyball court in Cocodrie complete with dessication cracks in the cryp...

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The KAPtober Collection

by cfastie | about 1 month ago | 1 | 440 views | 2

This weekend I hosted some family in Vermont and we combined leaf peeping with kite photography. ...

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NIR and water

by cfastie | about 1 month ago | 1 | 400 views | 1

Above: Pure NIR photo of white water lily (Nymphaea odorata). . The interaction of infrared light...

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LEAFFEST aerials

by cfastie | 2 months ago | 1 | 565 views | 2

Image above: Teddy and the Iris with the radio remote transmitter (bottom center), and his laptop...

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LEAFFEST 2014 accounting

by cfastie | 2 months ago | 6 | 537 views | 8

. 18 LEAFFEST attendees . 10 tents on lawn . 50 % of attendees at their first LEAFFEST . ...

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The LEAFFEST Line

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 2 | 814 views | 0

LEAFFEST is only a week away, and I'm sure you are as excited as I am that this year LEAFFEST fal...

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New NDVI colormap

by cfastie | 3 months ago | 24 | 1,555 views | 4

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 | 3 months ago | 4 | 1,017 views | 4

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 | 4 months ago | 2 | 1,086 views | 3

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 | 4 months ago | 8 | 450 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 | 5 months ago | 5 | 1,415 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 | 5 months ago | 1 | 923 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 | 6 months ago | 1 | 690 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 | 6 months ago | 1 | 781 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 | 6 months ago | 3 | 1,382 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 | 6 months ago | 4 | 1,201 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 | 6 months ago | 1 | 1,082 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 | 6 months ago | 1 | 735 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 | 6 months ago | 0 | 909 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 | 6 months ago | 0 | 1,014 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 | 7 months ago | 1 | 1,771 views | 0

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

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Mobius NDVI

by cfastie | 7 months ago | 11 | 2,323 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 | 7 months ago | 0 | 2,298 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 | 7 months ago | 1 | 1,295 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 | 7 months ago | 14 | 3,358 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 | 7 months ago | 2 | 2,135 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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