Riley
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My Upcoming LAX Trip

Tue Jan 27, 2004 12:06 pm

OK so here's the deal. I promised myself I would travel to other airports this year. My first trip is to LAX the weekend of Feb 14-15. Hopefully the weather Gods will smile on me. Even if it rains, I will go anyway.

I know all about Imperial Hill and plan to do some sessions from there, but I need info about locations where I can get closer to arrivals/departures for engine detail and 3/4 shots (not boring parked a/c or side shots). I will take only my 100-400 IS L lens, which hopefully will be enough to bring the action in close.

I've arranged to hook up with a few of the locals, but sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can offer much insight. Any info you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.

RyanU

 
lyzzard
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:21 pm

Same here, I'll be there on Feb 5-6 and am hoping for some pointers too. I'm getting a 2x converter specially for this trip (my poor 100-400L is going to be reduced to a 400 f/9.2, so the sun better be out) to try out.

Thanks.
 
gocaps16
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Tue Jan 27, 2004 5:16 pm

I'll be there on the weekend of Feb 21-22 and hopefully off to DFW on Feb. 24-29. Ryan, if you will be back at home from the 24-29, please me know. I wanna check out DFW while im there.

Kevin

[Edited 2004-01-27 09:19:48]
 
N178UA
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:19 pm

Hi Vector

I will be at LA on 29-30jan and 5th feb so give me a call on 786-543-8673 if you are free!

also let me know if you wanna join us to do some cessna a2a shootings. hope i can clear the problem with you previously!

[Edited 2004-01-27 13:22:42]
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lyzzard
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:20 am

Hi Sam,

Thanks for your kind offer. I will give you a call if the time permits. I have an extremely short layover in LAX (barely 48 hrs) so was only planning to do a shoot in the afternoon of the 4th. I may be departing LAX on the 5th now so I probably would not have the time to join you.

Thanks and the previous problem you mentioned has long since been cleared as far as I'm concerned. Hope your trip is going well, look forward to seeing your shots.
 
Riley
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Jan 28, 2004 11:10 am

Kevin, I'd be more than pleased to show you around DFW. E-mail me to iron out details...

RyanU

 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Jan 28, 2004 11:57 am

Watch out for Ryan U, he is nothing but trouble  Wink/being sarcastic
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sleekjet
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Jan 28, 2004 12:35 pm

Ryan: Just leave your camera and that godzilla piece of glass with me. I'll keep 'em save until you get back. Too bulky to travel with, you know.
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Thu Jan 29, 2004 5:32 pm

Guys,
You all are going too soon for me. A few guys and I are coming from the University of North Dakota to LAX Feb. 20-22. We are going just for the spotting. Drop an e-mail tmokeefe@aero.und.edu or get to me through my profile.

__TJ__
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:11 am

Hi Vector

If you are flying the 3rd Inargural flight into LAX, then be prepared getting a log sheet full of Q by my friend Luke Chittock, who is a amid flyer and enthusasist from Perth who booked on the first flight from SIN.

I won't be at LAX that day but I believe it will be shoted all over...watch out the LAX Ops car chasing the A345  Big grin

Hope to hear from you soon

Sam

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wietse
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:14 am

Sam,

Are you going to be shooting a2a shots somewhere this summer coincidentally? Let me know because I'd love to do that one day. And since I want to go to the states for a couple of days this summer we might meet up.

Cheers,
Wietse
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lyzzard
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:38 am

Sam,

I heard from another friend that Luke will be on the flight, along with another spotter friend who is accompanying him. I was going to ask for some shots of us landing but I guess that would be unnecessary now. I will try to catch a shot of the ops car you mentioned. Tell him to come up on the right side of the cockpit if he can! I'll get a clear shot from there.

Btw, this is not the first time theA345 has visited LAX. Most of you probably missed 9V-SGA on her delivery flight TLS-LAX-SIN on Dec 31. We arrived about 10pm on the 31st.

Anyways, will advertise for more folks to shoot us on arrival in the main forum.

Cheers
 
gocaps16
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:54 pm

I'll probably see you, Aviatortj at LAX then. That's when myself and several other spotters will be there.

Kevin
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:16 pm

I'll be there with TJ. We're looking forward to getting out of NoDak (and -35 temps) and doing some big spotting/photography. Hopefully meet up w/ some of you other guys too.

Dan
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brubiac
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Sat Jan 31, 2004 4:39 am

Maybe a good tip: don't go to the parking next to the FedEx-ramp. We where send away by the police there.

The explanation of the police: "Not allowed to get so close to the runway."
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gocaps16
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:57 pm

Nah, we're gonna be beyond te airport fences. Mainly Imperial Hill, In N Out parking garage/park, and Lincoln Bridge. My flight arrives LAX on Feb. 20 from Dulles in the evening, so photography won't be likely. My friend is picking me up and we're going straight to the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Kevin
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Sat Jan 31, 2004 2:03 pm

Well Wietse, it is a crap shoot most of the time, today we did 3 shore lines and 1 LAX mini route trying to get something, most of the time we got empty handed but were so close, due to the wrong timing, there were 747s takeoffs only after we went pass over LAX for Santa Monica and Hawthorn each way.

Luck came at the end of the day, oh god, what a plane we got! A340-600 of China Eastern...but I can tell you on average 1/10 occasion you get something that nice (Derek told me)....keep in touch if traffic are busy the tower So Cal approach may denied the corridor access or limit the Cessna over 4500 feet instead of 3500 feet. Also keep in touch from a Cessna on a taped window shooting down is extremly irritating, against strong wind and lot of movements making photos blurry easily....it really wasn't easy as anyone can imagine but if you decided to try I can help you to arrange when you have your dates set.





Sam
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lyzzard
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Sat Jan 31, 2004 3:52 pm

Sam:

Our trip has been extended by a day so I should be free on the 5th. Will give you a call on the 4th if everything looks clear for the 5th.

Cheers
 
gabep
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Thu Feb 05, 2004 6:45 am

Ryan,

Good luck on you trip to LAX. I can't wait to see it through your lens. While your at LAX I will be at CDG. Do me a favor, and grab a great shot of the SQ LeaderShip. Good luck, my friend.

Gabe
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Feb 11, 2004 10:49 am

Hi Vector

Sorry I couldn't meet you up, but I know one of my buddy in ops car did get a video shoot of your plane arrived on 3rd, which I was in DFW tower and we also montiored your plane landed somewhat 80 mins or more early!!

On the 5th I got back to LAX with my family and quickly got a lucky visit of the A345 at Int'l around 5pm, and SQ29 also came in and parked next to it. I may post the pic later on but I like those larger crew rest area and the table where pilot can put their laptop at.

Looking forward to see you again soon

Sam
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:15 am

It was a pretty good couple of days in LAX, the Wx was just gorgeous and everything was nicely lit up. Hope you liked the Leadership, she certainly created quite a stir with everyone from ATC to spotters.

Mr. BN747, I believe that's whom you're referring to, did indeed come alongside us on the taxi. The water canon salute was a special experience, although it did ruin any further opportunities to shoot out of the window as it left water stains all over. If you have any shots of the salute, you would have seen the little rainbow just overhead the flightdeck, it was amazing. I was lucky enough to get some nice prints of that moment.
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Thu Feb 12, 2004 7:14 am

I as well am traveling to LAX this coming wkd. (Feb 12-17) and will be spending some time on Imperial Hill doing photos. Let me know if you are interested in meeting up for some spotting.
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JOSH
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Thu Feb 12, 2004 5:39 pm

I'm pretty excited about LAX next week on Feb. 20-23. Only to suffer a week from work and money wise, i am seriously gone broke but it's all worthwhile. Can't wait to try out my new Nikon 80-400mm VR lense in which I ordered today. Looking forward to this.

Kevin
 
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RE: My Upcoming LAX Trip

Fri Feb 13, 2004 1:16 am

I will be going to do some spotting at LAX this sunday and next saturaday as well.

Mike
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