Image Caught With A Thermal Camera

Image Caught With A Thermal Camera

Monday, June 5, 2023

1910 Gila Jail In Globe AZ

During investigations at the 1910 Gila Jail we constantly see shadows darting around. We hear footsteps, shuffling, voices and banging on cell walls. Over the years we captured incredible evidence, but this is the one of the best visual evidence.

 I shut off the power before I lock up the jail for the night. Then I always stop just outside the lower tank and thank whatever may be there for spending time together. Usually, I take a picture with my phone but I had my FLIR C2 thermal camera still in my pocket. This is what I captured

The FLIR C2 takes both a thermal image and a black & white picture simultaneously. You can see a mass in the thermal being dark colors showing it is colder than the surroundings. In the B&W photo you see a dark mass floating in the back of the tank. 

The hotter an object gets, the more thermal energy it emits dubbed as its heat signature. On the screen hot objects are seen as white (the hottest), red, orange and yellow, while cool areas are green, violet and blue (coldest). Anomalies are believed to be cold showing a "cool" heat signature.

Thermal image of a human hand showing heat variation

In the photos below  I brightened and increased the contrast, and I also inverted the photo which clearly shows something in that doorway

How A Thermal Imaging Camera Works

Limitations of the human eye prevents us from seeing outside the small range of visible light. Infrared energy is the electromagnetic radiation given off by the sun, as well as every object and living creature on earth.

Light reflects off objects, making them visible to us. Thermal imagers work a little like the human eye. Only instead of picking up on visible, reflected light, thermal imaging devices detect the heat released by an object. Objects both hot and cold emit heat which a thermal imaging camera can see and projects it as an image on the screen called a thermogram

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