Qantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6032 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.
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Scooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 847 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5863 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!
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5850 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.
Tpk From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 188 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5666 times:
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.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5588 times:
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)
Benyhone From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 206 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5573 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.
Clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9548 posts, RR: 70 Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5568 times:
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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.
LGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5545 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.
N178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 67 Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5521 times:
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.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 8 hours ago) and read 5476 times:
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?