| Spot A: In-N-Out Burger Area

Views: Runway 24R arrivals, and the very rare Runway 6L/R departures.

Directions: The In-N-Out Burger on the corner of S Sepulveda Blvd and W 92nd Street. Due to one-way streets, approach from Westchester Parkway one block to the north, going south on Sepulveda Westway. Parking is best (and free) on the north side of the small park, which is W 92nd St, which meets Sepulveda Blvd.

Security: In-N-Out is private property, but there is a public park directly across the street to the south. There are also nice views along Sepulveda Blvd just southeast of In-N-Out, landmarked by a giant LAX sculpture/sign and landing lights, but be sure to not obstruct traffic or climb on any equipment or landing light structures.

 The parking garage should NOT be utilized for aviation photography, whether you are a paying customer or not. Employees have a long reputation of ejecting such patrons and calling police.

Photography: Planes are low enough for lenses as short as 50mm from the grass and can go to much larger focal lengths to capture touchdown shots toward the west once the aircraft has passed overhead. Directly overhead views from Sepulveda Blvd can warrant even shorter focal lengths.

Some photos shot from this location:

Photo by Phil Derner Jr.
Photo by Phil Derner Jr.
Photo by Phil Derner Jr.
Photo by Phil Derner Jr.
Photo by Phil Derner Jr.
Photo by Phil Derner Jr.

| Spot B: Imperial Hill

Views: Arrivals and departures on runways 25R and 25L, nice overview of cargo terminals and freight ops.

Directions: From Sepulveda, travel west on W Imperial Highway, then make a left on Main Street and an immediate left onto East Imperial Ave. A few blocks down you’ll see an observation area on your left, between Cypress and Sheldon Streets.

Security: To our knowledge, there have been very few, if any, encounters with law enforcement at this location. As always, carry your ID.

Photography: A 300-400mm lens is recommended here. Anything smaller will probably not give you a fully framed photo. The planes go right to left and offer you a decent side view. Zoom in on the planes once they pass for that engine/nose shot. The light is good in the afternoon until sunset.

 

Some photos shot from this location:

Photo by Eric Dunetz
Photo by Eric Dunetz
Photo by Eric Dunetz
Photo by Eric Dunetz
Photo by Matt Molnar
Photo by Matt Molnar
Photo by Ben Granucci
Photo by Ben Granucci