Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Film Again

I always liked shooting film. Dwayne’s was the only film lab left still processing Kodachrome. I like many photographers saved our last rolls to get into Dwayne’s to be a small part of photography history.

Now in these changing times, I am going back to shooting some film for a change of pace and for the idea of going back to the history of photography. There is no more Kodachrome or Kodachrome processing but many films are in production and have been brought back in to production.

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The 4th!

4th of July! I have to try this jumping out of an airplane soon.

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Lomo Need Some Film

Sometimes I forget what I have. Have to get some film, I have not one roll left!


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National Camera Day

Today is National Camera Day so I decided to celebrate by dressing up.

Early Start As A Photographer

Me By Sandro Miller

Today I received an extraordinary gift of a lifetime. A signed print of a photograph of me by the esteemed and respected photographer Sandro Miller. To be in the company of the famous and noteworthy people who have been in front of his camera is truly an honor.

I was the host at the Palm Springs Air Museum for Sandro’s workshop for the Palm Springs Photo Festival in 2018 and 2019. In that first workshop he asked me to sit for the camera. My place has always been behind the camera. I must say that this was a memorable moment. Being photographed by a true artist. Thank You Sandro!

Note that this photograph of the print does not exhibit what an amazing work it is. A fine art print must be seen in person. And it makes all the difference in the world.

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Shot Down

There are many Saturday presentations at the Palm Springs Air Museum. However I usually miss them because I am working on the flying side of things on Saturdays. Such was one presentation a while back by Steve Snyder introducing his book “Shot Down“. It It is my opinion that books like this are a window into history that is not seen otherwise. And it is always an honor to meet the people who have a personal relationship to the story. You can get the book yourself here… http://stevesnyderauthor.com Thanks!

Author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, was a B-17 pilot stationed in England during World War II.  On February 8, 1944, his plane, the B-17  Susan Ruth, was Shot Down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. ”

The book tells the true story of events leading up to and after that harrowing day.  Of the ten-man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture.   What makes this book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing story of what happened to each crew member, in particular, Howard Snyder who evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.”

Shot Down

 

Photographer Scam

This is already an old scam. But old scams find new victims. So to my photographer friends, don’t fall for it.

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Sepia Dreams From 2004

I first met Matthew Jordan Smith at a photographer convention and trade show in Las Vegas. He was doing a presentation and promoting his book “Sepia Dreams”.  In the ensuing years we would see each other again at photographer conventions and smaller photo industry events in Los Angeles.

Then just last week, we met up again, this time online, in a zoom presentation in a weekly series being done by photographer educator John Cornicello. So if there is a positive to the current world problems, it has forced us to find a way to become closer in some ways. Matthew is now living in Tokyo.

“Sepia Dreams” is an extraordinary work…. “a collection of wise words from and beautiful images of fifty black celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, and more. Speaking candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe have made and kept them successful, each celebrity interview takes the form of a lesson-one that is useful in our daily lives, one that shows us that dreams can come true…”

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Photo Excursion Old Downtowns

A photo excursion on May 29th. Scenes and places we would often overlook, like a cleaners that many decades ago was the police station. This is the second half of this excursion exploring through old downtown areas. I have been doing photo excursions for a few years now. Others who have joined with me have been successful in their art of photography, painting and printing their works. This series shot on my Fujifilm X-T3 and XF16-55mm F2.8 lens.

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My Bunny Mask

I like my mask better than your mask! Just had a couple made for myself. From one of my photographs of “Bunny”, the Palm Springs Air Museum P-51 Mustang dedicated to Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend.

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