ThatOneFish
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Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:00 am

Hello,

I went to Imperial Hill yesterday for some shots, after taking a few months break. It was completely sunny, but temps were around 70-72 F.
All my shots had heat haze, and I compared them to my shots from Feb/Nov, which were taken at Imperial, and they had no heat haze at all (about same temp)

Does time play a factor? Yesterday I went around 12-3, and in Feb/Nov I was there from 3-5.

Thanks.
 
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Re: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:00 pm

ThatOneFish wrote:
Does time play a factor? Yesterday I went around 12-3, and in Feb/Nov I was there from 3-5.


Absolutely. 12-3 is a horrible time to shoot at Imperial Hill, especially during the summer.

3-5 is a great time to shoot during February or November. Won't be good during the summer though - best to wait until after 5.
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Re: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:53 pm

I've never been (to the spot) but I've seen how distant it is. Outside of late-afternoon mid-winter I doubt you'll ever see no haze — you just can't shoot across that kind of distance and expect perfectly clear, undisturbed air. Live with it or choose a spot closer to the action.
 
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Re: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:07 pm

I would generally not recommend to shoot from 1-3 in summer, even if you could avoid heat haze by choosing some closer spots (if possible), but light is as ugly as it can get that with sun being ultra-high.
As Karl said, the only way to avoid heat haze on distant spots is a clear winterday, otherwise forget it (in terms of quality results).

I have access to a rather distant spot here in Frankfurt that I can only use in December in January as otherwise it will be more or less heat hazed, even starting february.
 
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Re: Any way to avoid heat haze at LAX?

Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:22 pm

For Imperial Hill, times I would go are:

Summer: before 9:30 AM and after 4:30 PM
Winter: before 11 AM and after 2:30 PM

Sometimes in the winter you can shoot in the middle of the day with not-too-bad haze. But don't count on it.
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