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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Hello there,
I am from SJO and I'm planning a trip to spot at LAX. I am concerned about the light and weather at LAX, and would love to know which are the best months concerning photography at LAX?

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User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

My advice: avoid the summer months. I went in July(I was there for my job so I couldn't choose the time) and took a day @ LAX, it was very hazy and light was horrible. If I could pick a time to go again it would be November through March

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

Thanks really much!
Although I am not only worried about the weather, but I need to go on a "cheap" month since I am traveling from SJO. I am looking at October, but will really consider your suggestion.
Thank You


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9911 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
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Quoting megatop412 (Reply 1):
If I could pick a time to go again it would be November through March

Some of the best sunset light is in November thru January, in my opinion.

December thru February/March is the "rainy season", if you want to call it that. Still not very rainy.

Note that the marine layer (a low bank of clouds/fog) can sweep in from the ocean in the evenings almost anytime during the year. Tends to always be there in the mornings/evenings during the summer, but honestly I haven't been able to find much rhyme or reason to it.

Also keep in mind where you want to shoot from. Imperial Hill is good in the late fall through early spring. The In'n'Out is good from late spring through early fall (or the opposite if you walk to the south side of the approaches). In my opinion, the light is generally not great in between those times (middle fall and middle spring).



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User currently offlineandrew50 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2846 times:
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Before I started taking spotting trips to LAX, I always assumed the weather was always nice in L.A. How wrong I was! I think at best it is a 50/50 chance you will get decent weather. I started going out to LAX in 2006, probably have been there about 10/12 times. I have had some beautiful days for sure, but have had some terrible days, and have had to cancel several times due to bad weather. I have learned my lesson, not to book way in advance, of course everyone does not have that opportunity. I would say the fall/winter months are the best for sure, of course that applies to all of the U.S. The best weather I have had was in Feb./Mar. Hopefully you will have great weather!

User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

My best photos have been taken in December, January, or February for the most part. That's what I'd recommend if you plan on visiting Imperial Hill. There is one thing you can do in high summer that you can't at other times, which is taking shots from Westchester Parkway of 24R touchdowns in the evening. But that's workable over a narrower time span than most LAX photography- I'd estimate 4:30 to 7:30 PM.

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Thank you really much guys I might be going around October, or something like that next-year, and yes the locations I had thought about were Imperial Hill, In N Out and Proud Bird. I will definently like to spot all day long but it all depend on the light, of course.

User currently offlineGunnarInLA From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

...I would concur with just about everything that was suggested above...I live just north of LAX and can walk easily to Westchester Parkway, which, I have noticed, has become more popular these last years (2,3)...
The location people like is where Westchester Parkway crosses Lincoln or just west of that...I'm not so crazy about that spot though, it's problematic with lampposts, plus the distance...but if you have a very long lens, it might not matter for you...

Personally, I would say though, that any time of the year is good...at least for me...it's just a matter of how you play it...it's rare with long stretches of overcast, but the marine layer, as it's called, fog drifting in from the ocean, can happen during any time or season...this summer, 2013, was the most pleasant summer I have ever experienced in S. Cal...

The one thing that has changed year after year is that traffic is down...as I saw it, there was a peek at the end of 2006 and after that, less and less traffic...except at that time, you would not see any A380s! – ...now you'll see several on any day...


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9911 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
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Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 7):
this summer, 2013, was the most pleasant summer I have ever experienced in S. Cal...

Damn right about that, though I would rate last summer as quite pleasant as well. I distinctly remember seeing a map of the US with 2012 summer temps and how they compared with average summer temps. The whole country was hotter than average, with the notable exception of SoCal.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6414 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 7):
The location people like is where Westchester Parkway crosses Lincoln or just west of that...I'm not so crazy about that spot though, it's problematic with lampposts, plus the distance

They chopped a bush down which used to affect side-ons from the bridge. Now it's clear, there are only a few not too annoying lamp posts which are easily avoidable. I love that spot in the summer evenings; and I was even able to pick up LAX wifi from there!



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User currently offlineGunnarInLA From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

vikkyvik – yes, you're right, 2012 was good as well - you are located here near LAX as well...?
...I typically dread July and August (I'm from Scandinavia) but not this year, July was super pleasant and i thought, ok, August is when it comes...but no! – ..unbelievable, but then in September, the heat hit, but not that much, it wasn't bad..so, Best Ever : )

NZ107 – ...it's true, you can avoid it...well, a year ago they chopped down a lot for the move of the Space Shuttle (I was there and followed during the night...it was a hoot) ...yes, the summer months in the late afternoon is when the Westchester Parkway location is good (in my opinion)....I did catch Air Force One touch down from that point once in "good light"...


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9911 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
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Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 10):
vikkyvik – yes, you're right, 2012 was good as well - you are located here near LAX as well...?

Yes.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 9):
They chopped a bush down which used to affect side-ons from the bridge. Now it's clear, there are only a few not too annoying lamp posts which are easily avoidable.

It's probably no worse than Imperial Hill, where the powerlines seem to grow taller with each passing year.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6414 posts, RR: 38
Reply 12, posted (9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 10):
a year ago they chopped down a lot for the move of the Space Shuttle

I completely forgot about that as a reason for the removal of the bush! Well, the space shuttle was certainly useful for more than one thing!  
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 11):
It's probably no worse than Imperial Hill, where the powerlines seem to grow taller with each passing year.

It's SO much better than having the power lines in front of you at Imperial. Just a pity that Westchester doesn't get more decent shooting hours in the year.. Only summer golden hours.



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