Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “Fujifilm X-H1

Aircraft & Fujifilm Camera Gear

Really love video shot with the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm lens on the X-H1 body. This is pilot Michael Pfleger arriving in his World War II F4F Wildcat at the Palm Springs Air Museum. And then taking out the T-33 jet trainer for a taxi text run. Recently restored and getting it ready for it’s flying debut on Saturday November 10th for the Air Museum’s 22nd Anniversary and Veterans Day celebration.


T-33 Run Up

Simple videos are such great fun. Here with the Palm Springs Air Museum for the start up of a T-33 jet trainer. Come on out and see her fly November 10th.

Fujifilm X-H1 camera with he Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens. On a tripod. My strap from Vulture Equipment Works still attached. Best camera strap ever.

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B-17 Flying Fortress Flying!

Pretty cool! I was shooting a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress from a Red Tail P-51 Mustang for the Palm Springs Air Museum. It was the famed Tuskegee Airmen in those Red Tails that escorted the B-17 bombers into Germany on some of the most dangerous missions of the war.

The first sections of the video shot on a Fujfilm X-H1 Body with the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm lens. The wider view was from a GoPro Hero 6 Black.

Come on out yourself. Fun photo ops too.. B-17 Flying Fortress at the Palm Springs Air Museum! Saturday and Sunday Oct 13 & 14 from 10am – 1pm for flights and interior tours in the afternoon.


B-17 Flying Fortress Arriving

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey” arriving at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Video shot on a Fujifilm X-H1 body and XF 100-400mm lens.

You can fly in Sentimental Journey October 12th – 14th, Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 1pm. Reserve your seat today by visiting https://bit.ly/2Ql13t8 or calling 480-462-2992. Your flight experience of history is only $425 for the waist gunner/radio operator seats, or $850 bombardier/navigator seats in nose. Age minimum 12.┬áTour inside Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm and Friday – Sunday: 2 pm – 5 pm. Only $10/person and $20/family.

Do not miss out on this experience and flight opportunity or drop on by for some photo ops! Thanks!


Flight Of Two

Yesterday shooting photos and video on board the Palm Springs Air Museum C-47 “What’s Up Doc?”. Fujifilm X-H1 camera.

August 19th is National Aviation Day in celebration of the development of aviation. We celebrated with a “Flight OF Two” on August 19th returning from the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show. Aircraft that were pivotal in the history of aviation. Flying in our own World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” and across from us, the CAF Inland Empire C-53 “D-Day Doll”. Take a minute to watch and listen and enjoy some the experience of flying in these amazing 75 year old Warbirds.

The holiday was established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with the Presidential Proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. Orville Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued.


Behind The Scenes YouTube Featured

Behind the scenes with Kerstin Schulze. An amazing athlete and actress currently starring in a YouTube produced original series. Featured in many major brand television commercials. A day spent creating publicity photos, and photos and videos and for an upcoming behind the scenes workout series. Watch for it, Kerstin is an inspirational and extraordinary woman!

Photo shoot notes… Makeup by the Estee Lauder featured artist Blanche LeBeau. The amazing hair styling by Phatara Chavis. My assistant for the day, the multi-talented behind and in front of the camera Shauna Toerner. Video shot on Fujifilm X-Series cameras and lenses. Photographs shot on a Hasselblad digital camera system. Lighting by Broncolor. Location, FD Photo Studio in downtown Los Angeles.

For shoot inquiries, feature and advertising, please contact me at Ian@SecondFocus.com Thanks!


Air To Air

Just some thoughts on air to air photography. Flying with the Palm Springs Air Museum, we were doing July 4th celebration flyovers. Alongside the T-28 Trojan, I was in the backseat of the Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny”. The Mustang is at best, somewhat short on room in the back. There is also a curvature to the canopy that lends itself to a lot of distortion. My choice of gear here made it all work out easier.

I was shooting the latest Fujifilm mirrorless camera, the X-H1 and the Fujifilm XF50-140 lens. The 5-axis in-body stabilization works in conjunction with the lens stabilization, perfect for this kind of shooting. It is also physically smaller and lighter than a full size DSLR which in tight quarters or pulling a couple of g’s makes a huge difference.

This time out I also especially appreciated my camera strap choice. From Vulture Equipment Works especially made for aviation use. A tougher strap does not exist. It is designed with carabiners connecting the strap to the camera. The ability to easily disconnect them helped in easily getting the strap out of the way of my headset cable. When you are getting in, you are buckling up your parachute, shoulder harness and seat belt, camera and headset, so wanting to change how you set things up from when you got in does happen.

At the same time, I was also running two GoPro’s. Each mounted inside to my left and right, pointed 45 degrees front. Got some great video I will show you later.

Anyway just thought I would share. It was great fun! Thanks!

July 4th Flyovers