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Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:01 pm

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone was planning on spotting/photographing at LAX this Saturday afternoon? I am arriving on QF25 from Auckland sat morning and hope to spend the afternoon taking photos. Would be great to meet some of the locals.

Thanks
Glen Reid
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 5:46 am

Glen:

There should be plenty of people there at the Imperial Hill on Saturday. Its the Manchester wanna be spotting place on Imperial Hill  Smile. I'll keep an eye out for you. You will probably see some other spotters such as Clovis Bouhier, Michael Carter just to name a few.

Cheers - Jay
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 7:40 am

Ahh yes, the Imperial Hill which has become flooded with photographers and has been overshot.

Stephen
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:09 am

Stephen:

Just like Manchester there are many spotters/photographers but few have stood out amongst the many and their names are well known on A.Net for their keen sense of photography. LAX is growing in photographers but very few (new and old) still stands out to this day even with out of this world uploads from newer photographers; the things that make them distinguish is their sense of style, imagination, creativity, and scrutiny of their works. I am not one of them and I won’t name them or put them on the stand because their works pretty much says it all. Of course everyone’s mother can upload the same Delta B757 or United A320 with different registration over and over and they have the right to but it is the these few local pros and visiting pros that makes the difference. If you want to level out the playing field excludes those that have access to and with-in LAX and these are the ones I am talking about.

As much as I like to say there are overshot of LAX, there are more overshot of other major airports. Looking at the positive side, I think it is better to gain more spotters and aviation photographers at LAX in these times where Aviation Enthusiast like us are dealing with more pressure, hassle, limitation, and paranoia from law enforcement after 9/11. The more photographers LAX have the more we can send them a message that “Aviation Photography Is Not A Crime!!!”.

Yea… agree Stephen LAX is overshot but hey at least you and I know the kind of photos we like to click on and see, but others will like wise say differently and with difference of opinion. The important is that and for me at least, I go out to spot for fun and enjoy hanging out with the spotters I know and have a great day.

Cheers - Jay
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:20 am

I see where you are coming from Jay but I did not say that LAX is overshot, just Imperial Hill. Look at all the uploads from there on here and jetphotos, how many are similar and repeated. For me I do not shoot and hang out with you guys up there because I do not shoot digital and do not have any plans on doing so anytime soon. I only have a 80-200mm lens and that won't work up there so for me other spots are better to shoot from. When the new Imperial Hill opened up, it was nice to see photos from there but now it all looks the same over and over again.

Stephen
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:25 am

Who cares if LAX is "overshot"? For many of us it is something DIFFERENT. I get tired of shooting the same WN 737's at SAN, so a trip up to LAX, even if I sit at Imperial Hill all day long it is FUN for me. And last time I checked that is pretty much the point of all this...to have fun.

Happily "overshooting" from Imperial Hill and anywhere else around LAX I can get...


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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 12:47 pm

Tony, if you read what I wrote I did not say that LAX is overshot, but that the Imperial Hill has been overshot. I am not saying it is not fun to hang up there, just same shots from many guys of some same planes.

Stephen
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:46 pm

Hi Stephen

My fav spot is always the small cargo (and the now off limit Big Cargo and holding pan North side)

Great for the 80-200 f2.8 you got!  Big thumbs up


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Yes Imperial Hill have been flooded with photos, but if one enjoyed themselve up there shooting photos....that is fine with me.

Jay

Will you be at LAX this weekend? Is Tim coming?? I would be there for a few hours perhaps.

Sam
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:02 pm

You know Sam, small cargo is the only spot around LAX I have not used my 80-200mm lens since I got it. I guess when I get home Montreal next week(March 20-21), I will have to go and use it there. It is cold up here and I went to the airport on Sunday and managed to get maybe 8 or 9 airplanes including a Swiss A330 and Air France A340.

Stephen
 
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:55 pm

Guys I'll be up at LAX floating around as usual, not sure what time I will make it up but I will at some point.

Stephen,
I guess size really does matter......hehehehehehehehehehe.

I know lots of folks shoot from the "Imperial Hill" now, but that is because our spots to shoot from are drying up at LAX, it's not like the old days when we had "Big Cargo", "The Holding Pin", and of course the "Dobbs Lot". It's the easiest place to get to and there are lots of folks to meet and socialize with so you should at least visit "Imperial Hill" once in awhile even if you can't shoot.

Oh well see everyone this weekend.

Cheers
Michael
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RE: Spotting @ LAX Saturday

Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:54 am

Mike: Size does not always matter, quality does so  Laugh out loud

Traffic is gonna suck here in Montreal this weekend because of the St. Patricks Day parade on Sunday and partying all weekend. Guess I will spend Sunday shooting at Dorval.

Stephen

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