A World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang passed through Tampa recently. Black & white infrared images of the iconic warplanes were captured with a specially converted digital camera. Click here for more about infrared photography.
Black and white infrared photography can yield dramatic results with high contrast. Blue skies often look black. Variations in cloud formations can make for interesting images. People tend to look washed out, even ghostly. Photos by Cary Williams
These images were captured with a specially modified Nikon D200 DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. Once a digital camera is converted to infrared (IR), it cannot take 'normal' photos unless it is converted back (not cheap or practical).
To convert a digital camera to infrared, it must be completely disassembled and the main sensor replaced with one that is sensitive to IR. There are also color IR sensors. One company specializes in these conversions. Click here for much more.
The bombardier position in the nose of the B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle." The aircraft is one of only a few B-17's still flying. Click here for more on the Boeing B-17.
A machine gun position just behind the bombardier seat on the "Memphis Belle." Photographs by Cary Williams
A P-51 Mustang. Click here for more on this historic fighter aircraft. Photographs by Cary Williams
The P-51 in infrared head-on.
P-51 landing gear. Photographs by Cary Williams
Here is a 'normal' color photo with a special visitor in the center of the B-17's crew. He's Art Kasperski and he was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 in WWII. The ball turret was arguably one of the most dangerous positions on any WWII warplane.
An infrared photo of Art Kasperski and the crew. Photographs by Cary Williams
For more on the Memphis Belle click here. Photographs by Cary Williams
A different cloud formation in this infrared wide shot. Photographs by Cary Williams
For more on the Memphis Belle click here.
An infrared photo of the B-17 and P-51 crew.
The P-51 faces the setting sun. Photographs by Cary Williams