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Which Hotel At LAX To Stay At With Views Of Planes  
User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5547 times:
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Hi Guys,

I have one night / morning at LAX, is there any hotel with good AM views of traffic that can be caught by the lens from the room????? Or do I have to get out and about! Big grin

Thanks in advance to all!

Andrew


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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5538 times:

Radisson mate but the windows are filthy, go up to the 12th floor and shoot from the balcony instead.


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User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5536 times:

I like the Hilton, but yeah if want to shoot planes go for the Radish


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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5520 times:
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Thanks Guys, is the 12th floor easily accessible?

Andrew



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

straight up the lift and your there...it's closed in the morning but you can make yourself at home on the sofas and just pop out to the balcony when you want to snap something.


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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5514 times:
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Thanks Monty, closed in the morning...but you can get out on the balcony when you want to snap something? Huh, so that means it is open....no?

Any pics that you have from there to give me an idea of angles?

Andrew



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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

Quoting AndyHunt (Reply 5):
Thanks Monty, closed in the morning...but you can get out on the balcony when you want to snap something? Huh, so that means it is open....no?

Yep. by "closed", he is talking about the Bar/Lounge that is up there. The doors remain open. Its AWESOME up there first thing in the morning. Quite relaxing actually. I plan to be up there this next Saturday morning. (6-24-06)

Danny



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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5511 times:
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Thanks for the info Danny.....any pics????

Andrew



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5507 times:

both from Radisson balcony...the bar is shut til 5pm so you just grab a seat and sit there...when something comes you walk out the balcony door and shoot. it's really a smokers outlet more then anything.


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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5506 times:
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Thanks Guys.......perfect........going to go make the booking NOW Big grin

Andrew



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User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5503 times:

You'll love it I think. Here is a morning shot from January, I would imagine the light is more down the back of the plane now instead of more southerly like it was in this shot.


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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

Andrew,

seems that you are getting old, you start to ask the same questions over and over again.......

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...ion_photography/read.main/91816/6/

VG.

p.s. the rooms at the RAD can not be recommended though, you"ll be better off at the Hilton or Sheraton....but the spot on top is quite nice!


User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5469 times:
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Hey Vasco,

Correct, same question, different answer, Big grin stayed at the Marriott last time, it was sh1t........but the Rad looks much much better!



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User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

What size lens do you need to get images like the above from the 12th floor ???

Also do you get mixed traffic on this runway. Or is it just the heavies.

One final question. Can you read off the reg numbers for most traffic on the other runways/taxiways with a good pair of bino's. ???

Thx
Simon C



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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

Stayed at the Radisson last weekend, June 10-11, 2006. The rooms were very nice, worth the $109 a night, but the windows are filthy and it's not shootable. I stayed in the 9th floor and the windows cannot be opened, supposely for safety reasons. I guess high jump rate in L.A. :-P

But yes, check out the Penthouse (12th Floor). Well worth the visit. I'll be back in LAX in the fall and perhaps winter, so I know where I'll be staying at for now.

Oh yea, another thing about the Rad in the summer is that it's really close to the In N Out spot. It's a very easy 10 minute walk if you don't have a car. Also, if you rent a car, it's a $13 a day parking fee to park at the hotel. Just beware of that.

Kevin

[Edited 2006-06-19 01:28:24]

User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5439 times:
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Andy,when are you planning on comeing to LAX?If its a weekend i can make it down there.
Jason Whitebird


User currently offlineMattWS From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 40 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

You can see the bar using Google Earth, it is a circular room giving around 270 degrees of vision and is open for hotel guests all day although drinks are not served before 5pm, myself and several other crew from the other site spent a number of hours there over a few days and encountered no problems other than they were not too happy about us eating food that had been purchased elsewhere.As far as photography is concerned 400mm for a 737, 200mm for the Virgin 346. Spotting aircraft on the southside should be no problem at all with a pair of binos. This overview should help out with your planning, although my visit was in February so heat distortion was not so much of an issue as it would be now.


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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5393 times:
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Thanks for the info Matt

Quoting MattWS (Reply 16):
As far as photography is concerned 400mm for a 737, 200mm for the Virgin 346.

Are we talking 400mm after the 1.5X crop from digital, or before?

Cheers

Andrew



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User currently offlineMattWS From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 40 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

400mm after the crop factor, plus some cropping of the image-but with clear air and good glass you will still end up with some sharp images. If I recall correctly you are using a full frame sensor Andy, so those pesky little Southwest and Alaskan 737s will be out of your range but the Asian and Euro heavies should be no problem at all.



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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5355 times:
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Thanks for the info Matt, nope, using a D200, so I get that good old 1.5X....but I'm using a 70-200mm lens Sad

Cheers!

Andrew



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 5304 times:

70-200 should be good enough for a nice overview shot....

Quoting MattWS (Reply 16):
and encountered no problems other than they were not too happy about us eating food that had been purchased elsewhere.

Sorry, but this is hard to understand....you'll use the bar to hang out and taking shots, but don't purchase drinks and food up there. It just makes me wonder how long they will tolerate non hotel guests up there......

VG.


User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 20):
Sorry, but this is hard to understand....you'll use the bar to hang out and taking shots, but don't purchase drinks and food up there. It just makes me wonder how long they will tolerate non hotel guests up there......

Absolutely agree. I heard of guys buying Subway down the street and then sat up there eating it, don't do it. Either buy from the hotel or don't eat up there at all. They reserve the right to be the sole distributor of food and beverage on their property, you can't blame them. One other thing is go out and shoot and come back in, shoot and come back in. I have seen so many people just standing up there on the roof and whether you know it or not you stick out like a soar thumb! This just ramps up the exposure to draw police attention and ruin this spot for everyone. My buddy shot a picture from In N Out of people standing on the roof and you would be amazed how visible you are.
Enjoy it Andrew! It is an excellent spot. If I am down in LA at the time you are there, I would love to meet up with you. During the summer I am down there frequently on the weekends.


User currently offlineMattWS From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 40 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

I was a hotel guest and wasn't eating anything while I was in the bar area, there were other people that were doing so (although they also were hotel guests) and it was definately frowned upon.



Matt


User currently offlineCschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Embassy Suites across from the Radisson has good views looking north at the north runways, but this time of year might not be good. The rooms have sliding glass doors that open onto very small balconies. But at least you can get photos without glass in the way. Since you're in a room, you can set up a chair with a view out the window. Top floor is necessary to be above power poles, etc.

User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

Its easy enough! You can eat hotel supplied food anytime you want in the Top of the Radisson, even when there's no one serving there - just call room service and they'll deliver to the top floor all day. Must say, I had a pretty good salad and several beers the day I was sat up there, all delivered pretty promptly by the room service staff and I didn't have to break off to go eat and end up missing something interesting!

Andy


25 QANTAS077 : when i returned in late jan with the new york crew they did ask us to buy drinks...we did without any hassle because we were enjoying the view, the NY
26 Post contains images Airplanenut : So do they not care if you're not a guest and up there when the bar's closed? Of course, if it were open, I'd be sure to get something, but the lighti
27 Post contains images AndyHunt : Thanks for all of the help given by everyone. I've made my booking and looking forward to a nice morning's photography followed by the World Cup Final
28 Post contains images NIKV69 : I will be on Mulberry Street in Manhattan watching Italy in the final. as for LA just call Jason up, he will be watching it somewhere, even though Sp
29 Mx330 : Is Imperial Hill any good at any hours during the summer? Same question here. Would a regular cable system on a hotel show the game? I'll be in LA fro
30 Nicksair : It will probably be shown on ESPN or ABC 7. Both of which are channels on the tv's in the raddison hotel. Nick
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