Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “aviation photography

Wow! CF-18 Hornet

This is pretty exciting so I have to share! And I must say it is sometimes really cool being the photographer for the Palm Springs Air Museum!

Arriving approximately 3:30pm on Friday March 2nd right on our ramp! The 150th Canadian Anniversary Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet. Now this is exciting!

This very special aircraft will be with us all day Saturday March 3rd for you to view along with the opportunity to meet it’s pilot, Major Erick O’Connor.

“This incredible Canada 150 CF-18 Hornet is a shining example of the teamwork and professionalism that is embodied by the men and women of the RCAF,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region, “and is just one of the many ways that the men and women of the RCAF are working to honour their rich heritage, and commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.”

Also on Saturday we have “Open Cockpit”, two programs, a flight demonstration with the De Havilland Beaver – Pride Of The Bush Pilots and even entertainment from 12 – 1 with our own Palm Springs Air Museum Bagpipe Band!

The CF-18 Hornet will be departing on Sunday March 4th. However we do not have a specific time for that as of now.

Also through the weekend, we will have flights available on our own World War II Paratrooper C-47 and our P-51 Mustang “Bunny”. Call 760-778-6262 for more info. Thanks!

(RCAF Photo)

Bunny Coming Home

Bunny is the P-51 Mustang “Bunny” who resides at the Palm Springs Air Museum. You find me there often, I am the Museum photographer and also manage their social media. Thanks!


Along The Way

You have been seeing a lot of my aviation photography mixed in with my bodybuilding and fitness, as well as my edgy lifestyle photo shoots and photo excursions. It goes back to when I was 9 years old and taking pictures of my model trains. At 12 I was shooting through my telescopes at the skies. My bodybuilding and weight lifting started at age 12 too. Building model airplanes as a kid and then getting in the airplanes. My interests along the way have always been accompanied by my photography or driven by it. Anyway some were asking, so I thought I might say something here about it all. Thanks!


Fujifilm Flying A+

Testing out a Fujifilm X-T2 camera this week. I own Fujifilm X-T1’s along with my Hasselblad and Canon cameras. Each with their own purpose for my shooting. More often than not on a daily basis, you will see me with one of my Fujifilm cameras on hand for most uses.

The X-T2 is the latest version and with only a couple of days with it so far, I am truly impressed with the improvements. The camera loaned to me has the power booster which makes for three of the camera batteries for all day power and boosts the speed up to 11 frames per second. A much bigger viewfinder that keeps up with fast shooting for those fast movers and much faster focus tracking. I won’t go into it too much but I am seriously impressed. There are numerous other technical refinements from the prior version that someone like me who uses a camera all the time under all kinds of circumstances really appreciates.

The final results however are the photographs. This is a tight crop of a Gulfstream jet landing in Palm Springs on a flight from Portland Oregon. For you photographers, this is actually from a jpg shot in Velvia film emulation mode. No retouching etc. My opinion… WOW! Thanks Fujifilm!

Fujifilm X-T2 Flyby Test




Hasselblad At High Speed

I was asked if the Hasselblad camera, my H4D-40 would keep up shooting flying at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The answer is yes as you can see in these photographs. I will say that my experience has shown me that any camera system is challenged when you are shooting objects coming at you, flying by close and leaving in the 300 mph range. I have shot with most and still the leader has been my Canon cameras. However for pure image quality, especially when shooting more general photographs, the Hasselblad is just amazing. I am now looking forward to getting more in the air for some shooting with it.



A Scene From WWII

Makes you think that you are looking at a scene from World War II. One of the very few remaining flying P-38 Lightning fighters taking off for flybys at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Photographed just yesterday against the scenic backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains. Something to see all the time at the Air Museum and special programs and flight demonstrations on Saturdays. Be there!

P-38 Lighning Flyby

P-38 Lighning Flyby

17 T-34’s

We had 17 T-34 military trainers at the Palm Springs Air Museum yesterday. So much fun having them start up and taxi in and out. Flying formations right down over the runway. You can still see them flying this morning at about 10 AM. And many of them will be around all day. Be there!