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Opinion From LAX Spotters

Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:07 am

Hello there,
I am from SJO and I'm planning a trip to spot at LAX. I am concerned about the light and weather at LAX, and would love to know which are the best months concerning photography at LAX?
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:22 am

My advice: avoid the summer months. I went in July(I was there for my job so I couldn't choose the time) and took a day @ LAX, it was very hazy and light was horrible. If I could pick a time to go again it would be November through March
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:46 am

Thanks really much!
Although I am not only worried about the weather, but I need to go on a "cheap" month since I am traveling from SJO. I am looking at October, but will really consider your suggestion.
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:07 am

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 1):
If I could pick a time to go again it would be November through March

Some of the best sunset light is in November thru January, in my opinion.

December thru February/March is the "rainy season", if you want to call it that. Still not very rainy.

Note that the marine layer (a low bank of clouds/fog) can sweep in from the ocean in the evenings almost anytime during the year. Tends to always be there in the mornings/evenings during the summer, but honestly I haven't been able to find much rhyme or reason to it.

Also keep in mind where you want to shoot from. Imperial Hill is good in the late fall through early spring. The In'n'Out is good from late spring through early fall (or the opposite if you walk to the south side of the approaches). In my opinion, the light is generally not great in between those times (middle fall and middle spring).
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:20 am

Before I started taking spotting trips to LAX, I always assumed the weather was always nice in L.A. How wrong I was! I think at best it is a 50/50 chance you will get decent weather. I started going out to LAX in 2006, probably have been there about 10/12 times. I have had some beautiful days for sure, but have had some terrible days, and have had to cancel several times due to bad weather. I have learned my lesson, not to book way in advance, of course everyone does not have that opportunity. I would say the fall/winter months are the best for sure, of course that applies to all of the U.S. The best weather I have had was in Feb./Mar. Hopefully you will have great weather!
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:12 pm

My best photos have been taken in December, January, or February for the most part. That's what I'd recommend if you plan on visiting Imperial Hill. There is one thing you can do in high summer that you can't at other times, which is taking shots from Westchester Parkway of 24R touchdowns in the evening. But that's workable over a narrower time span than most LAX photography- I'd estimate 4:30 to 7:30 PM.
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:56 am

Thank you really much guys I might be going around October, or something like that next-year, and yes the locations I had thought about were Imperial Hill, In N Out and Proud Bird. I will definently like to spot all day long but it all depend on the light, of course.
 
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Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:18 pm

...I would concur with just about everything that was suggested above...I live just north of LAX and can walk easily to Westchester Parkway, which, I have noticed, has become more popular these last years (2,3)...
The location people like is where Westchester Parkway crosses Lincoln or just west of that...I'm not so crazy about that spot though, it's problematic with lampposts, plus the distance...but if you have a very long lens, it might not matter for you...

Personally, I would say though, that any time of the year is good...at least for me...it's just a matter of how you play it...it's rare with long stretches of overcast, but the marine layer, as it's called, fog drifting in from the ocean, can happen during any time or season...this summer, 2013, was the most pleasant summer I have ever experienced in S. Cal...

The one thing that has changed year after year is that traffic is down...as I saw it, there was a peek at the end of 2006 and after that, less and less traffic...except at that time, you would not see any A380s! – ...now you'll see several on any day...
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:25 pm

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 7):
this summer, 2013, was the most pleasant summer I have ever experienced in S. Cal...

Damn right about that, though I would rate last summer as quite pleasant as well. I distinctly remember seeing a map of the US with 2012 summer temps and how they compared with average summer temps. The whole country was hotter than average, with the notable exception of SoCal.
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Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:29 am

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 7):
The location people like is where Westchester Parkway crosses Lincoln or just west of that...I'm not so crazy about that spot though, it's problematic with lampposts, plus the distance

They chopped a bush down which used to affect side-ons from the bridge. Now it's clear, there are only a few not too annoying lamp posts which are easily avoidable. I love that spot in the summer evenings; and I was even able to pick up LAX wifi from there!
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:30 pm

vikkyvik – yes, you're right, 2012 was good as well - you are located here near LAX as well...?
...I typically dread July and August (I'm from Scandinavia) but not this year, July was super pleasant and i thought, ok, August is when it comes...but no! – ..unbelievable, but then in September, the heat hit, but not that much, it wasn't bad..so, Best Ever : )

NZ107 – ...it's true, you can avoid it...well, a year ago they chopped down a lot for the move of the Space Shuttle (I was there and followed during the night...it was a hoot) ...yes, the summer months in the late afternoon is when the Westchester Parkway location is good (in my opinion)....I did catch Air Force One touch down from that point once in "good light"...
 
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:48 pm

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 10):
vikkyvik – yes, you're right, 2012 was good as well - you are located here near LAX as well...?

Yes.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 9):
They chopped a bush down which used to affect side-ons from the bridge. Now it's clear, there are only a few not too annoying lamp posts which are easily avoidable.

It's probably no worse than Imperial Hill, where the powerlines seem to grow taller with each passing year.
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RE: Opinion From LAX Spotters

Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:09 pm

Quoting GunnarInLA (Reply 10):
a year ago they chopped down a lot for the move of the Space Shuttle

I completely forgot about that as a reason for the removal of the bush! Well, the space shuttle was certainly useful for more than one thing!  
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 11):
It's probably no worse than Imperial Hill, where the powerlines seem to grow taller with each passing year.

It's SO much better than having the power lines in front of you at Imperial. Just a pity that Westchester doesn't get more decent shooting hours in the year.. Only summer golden hours.
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