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lke2fly
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Lax Spotting Help

Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:27 am

I need some help and advise, I have been a airline enthusiast for years and I have always wanted to take photography for years. Well, I finally did and I bought a Nikon D3200 for starters. I have also signed up to take photography lessons which I'm excited to take. I want to start to take photos of airliners at airports. My camera came with a 55-200mm lens. I live near LAX and I was hoping that someone out there would direct me to a good spotting location at LAX using my 55-200mm lens. I do plan to buy a longer range lens in the near future. I appreciate any advise from you experts out there that been taking photos for a long time.
 
kain989
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RE: Lax Spotting Help

Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:45 pm

In the summer time the north side of LAX is best. During the winter months the south side is best. LAX, in my opinion has 3 main options for spotting/photography:

(1) In-n-Out on the north side.
(2) Imperial Hill on the south side
(3) Westchester Parkway at the corner of Colegio Drive.

This guide should help you get started http://www.nycaviation.com/spotting-guides/lax/

Happy spotting!
 
vikkyvik
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RE: Lax Spotting Help

Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:17 pm

Quoting kain989 (Reply 1):
(1) In-n-Out on the north side.
(2) Imperial Hill on the south side
(3) Westchester Parkway at the corner of Colegio Drive.

In addition, departure photography for both the north side and south side is possible from Dockweiler Beach.

Quoting lke2fly (Thread starter):
My camera came with a 55-200mm lens. I live near LAX and I was hoping that someone out there would direct me to a good spotting location at LAX using my 55-200mm lens.

55-200 is plenty for shooting from the In'n'Out on the north side. From Imperial Hill on the south side, it'll be OK for the larger aircraft (approximately 763 and larger), but short for smaller aircraft. My guess is it's a bit short for shooting from Westchester Parkway, but I haven't shot from there, so don't know.
 
lke2fly
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RE: Lax Spotting Help

Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:22 am

Thank you very much kain989 and vikkyvik for the information. I hope to post some aviation pictures one day. Thanks again.

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