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Airbus A380-800 (A6-EOE)

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Emirates super on short finals for runway 24R at LAX

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Torsten Hoff
How are you managing to capture these shots? You can't exactly park yourself in the LAX Special Flight Rules Area.
cliff731
Looking at the photo, the Airbus A380 is on final landing on RW 24R, just crossing over South Sepulveda Blvd. The &quot;In-N-Out&quot; burger place and a known airplane landing viewpoint are adjacent and across this boulevard from the &quot;Just Tires&quot; auto service center on West 92nd Street. <br /><br />As to how the photo uploader, Mark Thomas, found the vertical height needed for this photo, perhaps he will chime in and tell us. I suspect this one involves a nearby tall building roof vantage point and a long telephoto lens.
Dave Sheehy
5* picture again Mark!
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Thanks guys for the comments!<br />Torsten, these airborne shots are taken from a Robinson R22 helicopter which I hired to fly me over LAX. The helicopter company was called Star Helicopters and they do aerial tours of the surrounding area including a 'plane spotters' package over LAX from the nearby Hawthorne Municipal Airport. They have three zones in which they hover the helicopter, one is at or near the east end of the 25 runways which includes the cargo ramp area, one is directly over the terminals in the centre of the airfield and the other is at the west end of the 24 runways. To transition to this spot we have to fly a hundred feet along the beach to avoid outbound aircraft, amazing! Star Helicopters requires 24 hour notice of these flights for permission and clearances from ATC but once we are in the air you can hear the conversations back and forth between all the flights in and out of LAX on your headset. It was quite an experience. I took this shot as we hovered over the east end of the airport. Unfortunately for me the clouds rolled in earlier in the morning and I missed the daily A380 parade which includes A380's from Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways and Korean to name a few. While I was airborne, the clouds became a fine mist which spoiled most of the 450 shots I took in the 45 minutes I was up there. I used a 100-400mm lens on a crop sensor body giving me an effective focal length of 640mm at the long end, which is what I used to snap the Emirates A380 as she was landing on the 24's. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it, the pilots are highly enthusiastic and will do pretty much whatever you want in order to get your shots (within the rules of course). It cost me $300US for one hour. High shutter speed to overcome the vibration from the helicopter and the wind, (my door was off) and a single lens, it would be very difficult to change lenses I think. I took 450 shots from the helicopter and kept less than 40!
Torsten Hoff
Wow, that is dedication, and the results are outstanding. Well done!
Roy Hunte
Great capture
Don Ridgeway
Fantastic! Thanks for the details
Luc Barbier
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RAY LLOYD
UNBELIEVABLE PICTURE.
A.Levent Bekdik
Words fail me, what a great shot, fantastic shooting point.
Stephen Gardener
Great shot and I have been wondering how these shots were taken. This is on my bucket list to capture the same shots. Mark since like the helicoptor shots try the same thing in England fly with a spitfire over the white cliffs of dover. Action stations is one of the companies. Very exspensive at around £350.00 to £900.00 pounds or even fly in the spitfire for a cool £2500.00 pounds.
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Thanks for the comments guys! I would definitely recommend this to anybody!
marylou anderson
Nice.
Jean-Marie JADOT
Very nice. Très bien
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Merci Jean-Marie!
I would like to know if you have any problems with me, since I see that all the photos that I upload are stolen according to your comments. If you both bothered what I do please just do not enter my photos. I would thank you from the heart.
john fusco
nice pic,still like the 747 much more
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
My first shot to reach 50,000 views! A huge thank you to everyone who's had a look at my shots, I love taking them!
Dave Sheehy
Congrats Mark! You certainly have earned that distinction :)<br /><br />Well Done!
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Thanks Dave!!
Tyler Emtage
I've seen this picture several times but I haven't commented yet... Great shot!!!
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Thanks Tyler!
ken kemper
Amazing photo Mark.......<br /><br />I've only captured aircraft out the window of my rented Cessna 172 !<br /><br />Fantastic shot.
Mark ThomasPhoto Uploader
Thanks Ken!
Jeroen Stroes
Nice shot!! Star Helicopters?<br />
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