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Trip To LAX Coming Up-Any Good Photo Spots?  
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6949 times:

In mid-March I shall be travelling from LHR-AKL for a family wedding but I haven't yet decided whether to go out and back via SIN or whether to do a RTW ticket and spend a few days in LAX on the way. Before making a decision I'd like to know what sort of photo ops there are around LAX for someone who doesn't have their own transport, my equipment is a D30+200mm although I'll almost certainly have a 300mm lens by the time I travel.

So basically is LAX worth giving up a couple of days in SIN and SYD in one direction? I know I'll have time for some photography in Singapore and Sydney on the way home and although I've been to LAX before it was only a few hours in the terminal.



Matt


you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6896 times:
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LAX has some great spots! I know there are some LAX locals here, and they can give you the details, but both the Northwest Cargo lot and Imperial Hill are worth checking out.

User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6867 times:

You're limited to a few options without a car:

1. Inside the terminal, you can shoot from the Tom Bradley Terminal. This spot is only good in the morning.

2. Take the free airport bus to parking Lot C. You can shoot arrivals on 24L.

3. Take the free airport bus to parking Lot B. This is near the Proud Bird restaurant. You can shoot arrivals on 25L.

Mark Abbott
Denver, CO



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6854 times:

The Imperial Hill is good only if you have a long lens and have a car.

The Northwest Cargo lot (referred to as "Big Cargo") is definately off limits. You are no longer allowed to be in that lot.

Mark Abbott
Denver, CO



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6853 times:
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Northwest Cargo lot has not been shut down.

User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 856 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6780 times:

You most definitely do not need a car to access the 24's. You can walk to the end of 24 L and R from terminal 6 in under 15 minutes. I suppose you could walk to 25 R and L too, but that's a bit farther.

LAX rocks...last time I was shooting at 24L, I was standing on Sepulveda Blvd (a major road adjacent to LAX) for nearly 4 hours, camera out in plain sight, with no problems from the local police.

25 R and L are better to shoot from though, as you don't have to stand in the middle of a busy road!

Come to LAX. You won't be disappointed.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6770 times:
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whatever you do, don't listen to anyone who says the In and Out Burger lot is a good place to shoot from. It isn't. You will be facing the sun all day. Good place for a burger, bad place for photos.

User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6767 times:

Question, It's been ten years since I live in San Diego... How far away is Longbeach from LAX. I'll be there for a week around the last week in Feb. I am sure I will be able to get some time to shoot! But I'll be in Longbeach.

Jeff


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6768 times:

It is about 15 miles or so up the 405 from Long Beach to LAX. It could take you 20 minutes or 3 days to make the journey.  Smile

Can one of you LAX folks tell me exactly where Imperial Hill is? Might be making the trek up there on Saturday.

Thanks Tony


User currently offlineTpk From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 188 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6583 times:

Hey Tony,

A couple of us are meeting on Saturday morning. It would be great to see you there. Imperial Hill is directly south of the airport. I'm not from LA, but here is my best guess at the directions from San Diego:

From the 405 take the 105 West. Then take the Imperial Highway exit and go west on Imperial Highway. I think you'll sort of be under the freeway here. Once you pass Sepulveda you'll see a street on the right that sort of doubles back (I think California Street). Take a left here. When you get to Imperial Avenue, take a right. The road will go up and down a few hills and past a dog park. Once you get to the highest vantage point, you'll see benches on the right and you're there.

I hope this helps.

Tim


User currently offlineLgbguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6573 times:

"Big Cargo" is off limits as it has been designated as a secure lot. Yes, you can still get into the lot and take a quick photo, but stay there to long and you will be asked to leave.

The "Proud Bird" parking lot is good, as is the Imperial Terminal (Ladder Required) on the south side.

The North side, parking lot "C" is your best bet, though you can also shoot from the bridge which crosses over Sepulveda Blvd.

"In and Out" is great for Burgers and Fries, Malts aren't bad either, shooting forget it.

lgbguy


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

Sounds ok so far.....

My other concern is how likely is it that I'm going to get a visit from the local police? It's something we don't need to get worried about in Europe.


Thanks.


Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6511 times:
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I was in the cargo lot for over an hour a few weeks ago, no problem. 2 other people I know have spent several hours in the lot, no problem.

But, if you guys want to play it like it's closed, thats fine  Smile


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6505 times:

Tim-

Alas the wife has a meeting to go to up in LA, so I had hoped to drive her up there and then hang out at LAX during the day...But of course the child has a school function that needs a driver...guess who....

And this means my new toy will have to wait till Sunday when I plan on hitting the Cable Air Show in Claremont. (New toy says something like IS and L on it...hehehehehehehehehehehehe)


User currently offlineBenyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6490 times:

Royal, you got lucky. My brother tried the Big Cargo lot 2 weeks ago (on a weekday afternoon) and was asked to leave within 10 minutes. So, you take your chances there.

My brother then tried the next little parking lot west of Big Cargo (on Douglas St) ... no problem, but you need a ladder (which he had).

Additionally, my brother tried the bridge that crosses Sepulveda (24R arrivals), and spent 3 hours there before being directed to leave by LAPD. The officer stopped on the bridge, in traffic, and used his loudspeaker to tell my brother to "leave the area immediately". So - be warned. He moved to Lot C and was fine from then on.

As mentioned earlier, Imperial Terminal lot and the Imperial Hill are fine. Avoid any place that looks into the sun - it's horrible.

Terry
Cactus Wings



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6485 times:
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Terry -

Thanks for the update! The security guards in the "shack" will tell you to watch out for the Airport Operations cars that come by the fence. If they The Op guys) see you they will ask you to leave.

The smart thing to do, not just at the Northwest Cargo lot at LAX, but anywhere that is "sketchy," is to get out of your car, snap your pictures, and get back in your car. Also, don't park right up on the fenceline.

Nothing sucks more as a spotter then to be in a location, peacefully, and have some jerk roll up in a rental car, park the nose of it right against the fence, and start standing on the hood or roof with a camera.

Just use common sense  Smile

Royal


User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6462 times:

Royal the trick you mentioned above will not work in Big Cargo. I tried that in September and found out after being asked to leave that the lot was a secured lot and I had been there 5 minutes before being asked to leave. Most other spots around LAX are fine.

Stephen


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6468 times:
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it worked in November  Smile

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User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1713 posts, RR: 65
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6438 times:
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I guess Royal and I were pretty lucky in Big Cargo, we stood out of our car and talk loudly, went over the fence to shoot departing aircraft off 25R, and not till about 2hour later, got kicked out then we went Imperial Hill.....I am going there on 5Feb to testify again

BTW, anyone know in Imperial Terminal Parking lot, are you still ok to use ladder there to get over the fence??

What about the Limo holding area near Sepluveda for 24R landing approach shot, this used to be the best place for 24R arrivals shots, but I haven't been there since 9-11, I know even before 9-11 the police often patrolled there, and have CCTV watching activity over there. Anyone? Prehaps Steve Tornblom? In-and out may work in summer time, but over there you have to contend with several light poles and is on Lincoln/Sepluveda..so a busy road.

The another spot is Northside Parkway, but is completely road blocked, I am having the idea, if somehow you can walk to there, is still able to take good touching down shots in Summer only though.

Sam


User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

Will any of you be at the LAX Airliner Expo on Feb. 1st? I will be there and ready to shoot photos!

Steve


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6426 times:

LAX airliner expo??? Can you post some more info on that please? Thanks

Tony


User currently offlineC72 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6410 times:

http://www.laxairlinerexpo.com

User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6391 times:

SAM - I dont go to the "holding pen" or the Limo Lot as it is known. I shoot from Lot C on the north side.

Stephen


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6393 times:

Stephen,
I will be out in Long Beach the last week in Feb. I plan on doing as much shooting as I can while I am there, even though it is a business trip. Are there any good hotels near Long Beach airport with a good view of the field?

Thanks.

Jeff


User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1713 posts, RR: 65
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6374 times:
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I will be in LAX again 5Feb and 13Feb all day shooting, hope to see you Stephen! Email me if you are around LAX.

Sam


25 Benyhone : I'll be at the show on Feb 1st. I'm arriving on Friday and will spend the rest of the daylight hours shooting, then at the Hacienda Friday night and S
26 LGB Photos : Jeff - The best hotel for that would be the Holiday Inn right off the 405 at Lakewood Blvd. Sam - If I am around(I should be in town) I am gonna try t
27 JeffM : Thanks Stephen! I'll check it out. Jeff
28 N178UA : Jeff Try to use Priceline.com book Hotel, I just did and I gave them USD45 bucks, they gave me Crown Plaza LAX compare to their site selling 79 lowest
29 Lgbguy : Gentlemen, Let me say again that "Big Cargo" is off limits to photographers and spotters for now (considered a secure area). For those of you that hav
30 Benyhone : I can't agree with that more. Please, if you are visiting an unfamiliar airport, try to seek out the advice from the locals before planting yourself i
31 LGB Photos : And the worst part is that they may continue to close down spots in the future. We would like to hold on to what we have now.
32 Lgbguy : Terry, I look forward to your visit and thanks to you and LGB Photos (Stephen) for backing me up on my comments. I shot PHX on the 13th and 14th of Ja
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