Pole Mapping

This page is under development, feel free to add! _Lead image from http://publiclab.org/notes/gclout01/07-22-2013/pole-mapping-rig-making_ Pole mapping is fun and easy to do! Perfect for small areas, like urban lots or gardens. You can be very creative about what to use for a pole and how to attach your camera. These people sure were! Materials used include PVC, carbon fiber (a 50' fishing pole), bamboo, and other unknowns! **** ## Materials for pole _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/liz/09-17-2014/newark-green-garden-2nd-aerials_ [![IMG_2318.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/006/831/original/IMG_2318.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/006/831/original/IMG_2318.JPG) [notes:grid:activity:pole-mapping] **** Another pole developed by the Public Lab Gulf Coast Chapter, see @ddileona [post for design.](http://publiclab.org/notes/ddileona/03-17-2015/spring-fling-building-a-better-pole-for-mapping) [![20150314_160021.jpg](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/545/medium/20150314_160021.jpg)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/545/original/20150314_160021.jpg) **** _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/stevie/10-20-2014/the-blitz-report_ [![bsj_129.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/539/original/bsj_129.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/539/original/bsj_129.JPG) *** _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/04-21-2014/cal-poly-ewb-pap-pole-aerial-photography-mapping-for-india-project_ [![DSC_0044.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/768/original/DSC_0044.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/768/original/DSC_0044.JPG) **** ##How to attach a camera to a pole Pretty much any way you can! I prefer to use the standard soda bottle rig to protect the camera. You might also employ tape, string, or even a picavet made of bamboo! _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/04-21-2014/cal-poly-ewb-pap-pole-aerial-photography-mapping-for-india-project_ [![DSC_0006.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/767/original/DSC_0006.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/767/original/DSC_0006.JPG) ##Pole Mapping Kits [![polesample1.png](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/663/medium/polesample1.png)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/663/original/polesample1.png)[![polesample2.png](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/664/medium/polesample2.png)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/664/original/polesample2.png) If you end up purchasing one of the [Public Lab 11meter carbon fiber poles](http://publiclab.org/notes/Ecta64/03-10-2015/carp-poles-as-viable-imaging-platforms-in-windy-conditions), you can reference [Natalie](/profile/natalie)'s research note on assembling the camera mount [here](http://publiclab.org/notes/Natalie/03-06-2015/diy-pole-mapping-camera-mount). ##Cool pole imagery Straight-down imagery is great for map-making. Oblique imagery is also cool! _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/mathew/05-17-2013/pole-photography_ Check out [Ecta64](/profile/Ecta64)'s [research note](http://publiclab.org/notes/Ecta64/03-10-2015/carp-poles-as-viable-imaging-platforms-in-windy-conditions) on using the Public Lab carp pole (coming soon to the store). ...

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cfastie "Mathew, Your model is not loading. It says there is a "temporary" problem. I will try again later. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "I made a 3D file from those images: https://recap360.autodesk.com/fireflyviewer/77a3022e96ca4a818ce8ef862aa65b35 I wasn't able to process the whol..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
taramei "excited to try this " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "While we were hacking away on this, I tried two landscape mounts for the camera. Adding a small ball head to the top was pretty successful: T..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "One precaution to prevent crushing the pole is to attach only to the double-thick area at the top of the tube. Right where the pole sections stack,..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
ranon "@Ecta64 that's interesting, and it makes sense that the panorama would turn out that way since the bend at the top of the pole is rotating along wi..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
ranon "That's good thinking Chris, I'll be adding a note in the instructions about the lanyard. I'll have to experiment with some plugs that might work, t..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "This looks like nicely elegant and simple solution. I might add two things: 1) a lanyard that connects the camera to the second smallest pole secti..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "The flexible PVC tubing is exactly the right size to slip inside the third smallest carp pole section. To stiffen the connection I insert a length ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
ggallant "I'm impressed but I would have been AWED if it had been done with levitation. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
tonyc "You do have a rye sense of humor, Chris. A groan is my highest compliment. Some people prefer laughs, but I'm a groan man. Did you just tape the P..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "Thanks, George. Come on Tony, you know the title is the best thing about this note. I'm sure Jeff gave me a barnstar because of the title. Yes the ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
tonyc ""Graze Anatomy" Groan! What made you use the short pendulum shaft? Just desire to keep it off the ground as much as possible? Or was there somethi..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
ggallant "What a great article!! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "Tell me more about the pole break! what happened? We have some spare 'top kits' here and could potentially replace the end section. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "That's going to be an awesome prairie. I hope you can keep up with the kudzu. Are you going to repair the pole? Some standard fiberglass fabric soa..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "You betcha there's research about how mammal grazing and browsing impact carbon and nutrient cycles. A couple of my buddies from graduate school de..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
pdhixenbaugh "Awesome techniques! Is there any research on the guiding assumption that deer have an effect on the amount of carbon sequestered? I would imagine ..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
patcoyle "Chris, Very nice results. Interesting. I love the venison steak in the closing remarks of the video. Pat " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
mathew "I've been playing around with 123D Catch and have been impressed with my initial testing. I'll have to post on it soon-- its been raining here and ..." | almost 7 years ago
ecta64 "ICE has been working out quite well on subsequent oblique maps but it really is hit or miss. I recommend making several passes with different angle..." | almost 7 years ago
eustatic "thanks for the tip, will check it out! i also find that mapknitter breaks down at the scales of pole photography, so i'm interested in another met..." | almost 7 years ago
cfastie "This is very good data -- two independent reports that moss grows under deciduous forests in Sweden. Martenskram suggested two hypotheses that coul..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
eatabean "Martenskram, I am in Västerås, where in Sweden are you? We have birch, pines, firs, and some hardwoods like oak. I agree, moss has no problems cove..." | Read more » about 7 years ago