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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natalie "Super ideas and images. These poles were initially difficult to track down. After much searching though we were able to get a hold of the manufactu..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
cfastie "Those Ron Thompson Carp poles are excellent tools. The trick to mounting a camera on these long poles for mapping (nadir photos) is to get the came..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
gclout01 "Yes, we used rubber bands around the camera to hole it to the pole....Let me know how it works out...Greg " | Read more » over 8 years ago
stevie "oh interesting. I like it. I was thinking of using a Lot of rubber bands. :) " | Read more » over 8 years ago
cfastie "Stevie, I included some photos of a pole camera in this thread: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/plots-infrared/OoIAzTDshFE Let me know if ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
stevie "Loved this write up. I made one of these at a recent event. We were wondering though, do you have any suggestions for attaching the camera? Or pict..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "The carbon fiber poles are very light weight (1kg or so). One person can stand one up. The momentum is a bit disconcerting, but its quite manageab..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mlamadrid "How did you get the 45' pole to stand? Was someone holding it or was it fixed? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "Cool garden map! I haven't even seen such a small mapknitter map. good work. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "link to research note from field day: http://publiclab.org/notes/liz/07-28-2014/first-field-day-in-newark-s-green-garden " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "nice simple mount-- the box makes it very easy to keep everything parallel. it also seems like running the pole straight through the box is a nice ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "I love the picavet on a pole, Pat! Great idea for stability. " | Read more » almost 9 years ago
Marcelo "Hi I triggered the rx100 mII that comes with WiFi and the play memories app from Sony in my android smartphone. It's pretty straightforward, one ju..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
cfastie "I don't know what the range of your WiFi setup is, but I guess all you need to find out is a tape measure. Have you been triggering the RX100 with ..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
Marcelo "Hi cfastie, thanks for your answer. I know it sounds crazy but I am planning to use the balloon close to the ground at around 10mt high at the begi..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
cfastie "Marcelo, I thought Kanarinka was brave to put her Sony Nex 5N on a pole, but threatening to put a new US$750 Sony RX100 II on a balloon goes beyond..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
Marcelo "Hi all, its teh first time I post here and I am thinking about shooting with a balloon over the coast line here in Melbourne. The idea is first do..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
kanarinka "Thanks everyone for the suggestions - these are great tips and I will employ them in the next round of creek photography. In particular I like the ..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
mathew "I love the map, and your rig! nice! Ned was pointing to visualSFM. I haven't played with it yet myself, but Gerard Toonstra on the grassroots map..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
patcoyle "Terrific map. Good tips in all the other comments. " | Read more » about 9 years ago
cfastie "This is a great map. Congrats on the success and especially on getting out to do a trial run. To sort photos by blurriness, sort the jpegs by fil..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
cfastie "Scott is right that georeferencing obliques is usually not very rewarding. Photosynth can be a solution. You can make a "synth" which aligns the o..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
eustatic "if you have tips on Photosynth, i encourage you to write a note! i will read it! " | Read more » about 9 years ago
eustatic "Sean, the answer is no. in this case, we couldn't get the camera high enough in the amount of time we had, with the amount of wind we had. obliq..." | Read more » about 9 years ago