I usually jack the car up & lay perpendicular to the car with my legs facing the drivers side. Reach up and with one arm on each side of the crosspipe wrestle the filter loose. Once the filter is spinning then get in a sitting position in front of the bumper with a oil pan below the car to catch the mess. After the filter spins free I reach my hand down through the top of the bumper and bear hug the front bumper - take the filter out of the bottom hand with the top hand and then pull it up and out of the top of the bumper. Feed the new filter down the same way.
Needless to say it's a very interesting oil change!
Total pain in the ass, thank god that crosspipe is off the car now : )