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Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Tue Aug 06, 2002 12:20 am

Well I was thinking of going to LAX to visit my cousins and I was also thinking of going down to LAX while I am there and get some shots of planes comming in and out and some good ones too(VG A330, Continental 757-300, etc). I am thinking of going in December and I wanted to know how is it during December and are there any good seasonal aircraft that arrive there only in the winter? Are some of the spotting places that I have asked before still open or have you all found some new places to get them? I want to know because I have some stuff but I want an update on the spotting and any if the police won't hassle you like you all said before. If you want to you can E mail me with the info and you can post them here.

I wanted to get some like this and some good ones.

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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Tue Aug 06, 2002 7:28 am

Well, the shot above was taken form the location known as the "Imperial Hill". The police won't bother you there. It's actually in a different city than the airport, El Segundo to be exact. And everyone is welcome to come and spot, it's all set up for that sort of thing. Benches, trash cans, and a small amount of parking on the street make it a perfect place to photograph the heavies departing the 25's.
Plus, the late fall is really nice for picture on the 25's. The sun has retreated to the south illuminating the aircraft departing the mentioned runways perfectly. We also tend to have more clear days at that time of the year, and if it rains the sun will be out in no time with crystal clear skies.
As for the police giving you a hard time around the airport, I think it all depends on where you go. There are places where it says "No loitering" and if the cops come around they will ask you to leave. But if you have 30 minutes to an hour before they throw you out, your ahead of the game and maybe got a few good shots too!
Take a look at the shots below, they were all taken in December or Late November.
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:07 am

Ok thanks I have a 70-300mm lens, Will it go that far from Imperial Hill?
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:16 am

Yes, you should be able to get some nice shots with your lens set to 300mm for use at the hill.
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:39 am

What about LGB anyone? I forgot to put that in too. I might go there. Anyplace to see them really good? I want some JetBlue, Horizon, and some 717's and Globemasters and cargo too.




Anyone???????
What about some more about LAX?
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Wed Aug 07, 2002 2:08 pm

LGB is a very slow airport. You will not seeing any Boeing activity if you are there on the weekend.

If this is your first visit to the L.A. area, I highly suggest sticking to LAX. The variety there can't compete with LGB's occasional Jet Blue or America West flight.

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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Wed Aug 07, 2002 3:17 pm

You'll see enough Horizon activity in Los Angeles...Boise, Eugene and Medford send RJ's down there...

 
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Wed Aug 07, 2002 11:46 pm


If you're only going to be spotting a couple of days, stick to LAX. You should have more than enough there to spend your film on. The Proud Bird Restaurant is another good spot, although it's for approach shots to the 25's. The In & Out Burger is another good spot for approaches to the 24's. I can't really remember the street names off the top of my head although if I was there I could easily find those places.
 
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Thu Aug 08, 2002 12:04 am

Ok I will stick to LAX then. Thanks, is anyone going to be there when I get there? I'll let you know when I do go and leave.
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Thu Aug 08, 2002 2:03 am

Oh, and one more thing, Any good planes going to be there besides the ones I said?

When does the CO 757-300 come and the ATA 757-300 and other good ones come? Any other things I should know about the planes comming in and any other spotting areas let me know.
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Thu Aug 08, 2002 3:40 am

ATA 757-300s leave early (between 7:30 and 9:00) to Maui and Hawaii, and arrive late in the afternoon and at night. CO 753s are usually around mid-day, around 12-3pm. You should check schedules for exact times though. For more info on LAX go to http://www.lawa.org
In-N-Out Burger is at the intersection of Sepulveda and Westchester Pkwy, with a little park in front that goes out under the approach lights for 24R and to the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Sepulveda.

Go south on Sepulveda from there and you will see a bridge over Sepulveda, with stairs to go up on both sides. There you can get approach shots on 24, but poles make line-ups and take-offs 24L a problem.

There are several cargo lots and parking areas to investigate off of Century Blvd between Sepulveda and Aviation aswell. Have fun!
 
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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Thu Aug 08, 2002 11:59 am

Have any of you guys been thrown out of the Northwest cargo lot or the Kitty Hawk lot recently? I heard the LAPD are getting more aggressive in recent days.
Shot taken from the Kitty Hawk lot.......................

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RE: Spotting/Photography At LAX In December

Tue Aug 13, 2002 11:17 am

I just returned from a weekend of photography at LAX and I have to say that it was one of the most positive experiences I've had post 9/11.

Taking photos from the In and Out Burger, Westchester Parkway, a Burger King parking lot on the approach path to 24, and Imperial Hill, I wasn't hassled once by any cop. I spoke to three people who all seemed genuinely interested in hearing about my hobby and not at all "suspicious" of what I was doing. On top of it all, LAX offers some of the best variety of aircraft and airlines in the US. I'll definitely be heading back there - hopefully over Labor Day weekend.

Have a great time when you go in December. You'll enjoy it.

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