Paul's comments indicate that the EVA MD
-11 was landing on 24R, which is where I've always seen it come in. Since he got it touching down, I'd suspect he DID shoot it from the Westchester bridge. The afternoon sun is great there beginning in about June until fall. It's kind of a tricky spot to shoot from, however, because of the light poles--you have to be fast. Also judging from the shot, I'd assume he's using a lens at around 300-400mm.
As others have mentioned, the airport police do keep an eye on this part of the airport. I've never been hassled at the bridge, but my favorite spot (see my uploaded shots) is pretty much a no-go these days, since the police have made it pretty clear they don't want me hanging out there. All this said, I have had a lot fewer problems with them since I stopped by the police station a few months ago, let them photocopy my DL
and passport, and got into the habit of checking in with them each time I'm in the area. Never hurts to let those guys know you're on their side. HOWEVER, also be aware that a member of that department was killed by a local derelict yesterday, so if they're a little jumpy for a while, please cut them some slack.
They've got a hell of a job to do.
As for the Cielos bird... I'm not as familiar with the south side of LAX
, but I'd just hazard a guess that it was taken from the ramp over there (that's where the vast majority of the cargo ops are).
Hope this helps,