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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N308FE)


For this morning departure shot of "Ann" (FDX's N308FE) from Reno Tahoe International, I decided to attempt to get a closeup snap ... but backlit by the very bright sky in the east caused by the sun just coming up over the Virginia Range Mountains. I repositioned myself on to Bravo taxiway, which is located parallel to runway 16R-34L and on the west side, and I made an educated guess as to what camera settings I would need in order to get a sharp and viewable click as the big DC-10 came past me with the sunlight shining toward my lens. As is obvious by the shadows seen here, the "shaded" side of the FDX freighter was facing me so my #1 goal was to capture a clean and clear click as it went by. I actually did not expect it to be rotating; I thought it would still have all four on the ground when it went past. Because it was nose-high, the next snap in this series caught it with the sun directly on the other side so the lens picked up several sunlight-caused circular reflections and although the photo shows clear and crisp detail of the shady side, the reflections make that photo unpresentable.


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Greg Byington
Well, it turned out pretty well! I like it! Good work, Gary!
Roy Hunte
Wohow awesome shot!!
Mark See
Great shot Gary!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Greg, Roy, and Mark ... Hey, guys; howdy and Thank You. Although shooting this style (backlit) picture will never become one of my most-liked angles, there are times when circumstances only permit a photographer to try a backlit shot, and this experience gave me some useful knowledge that may prove valuable in the future. I figured I'd not get very many opportunities to be as close as this so it seemed like a good time to practice. Getting it rotating was basically just pure luck (but ... I'll take it ... grin).
sam kuminecz
Absolutely fantastic, thanks Gary.
Jim Smirh
Excellent shot! Minor detail, that's a DC 10-30. The center gear gives it away (plus the tail number, I think all our -30's had 3xx numbers). I have to assume you have a job on the ramp. With the Airport or an airline?
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Sam, Christoff, and Jim ... Howdy to you all. Sam, TY for your compli. I'm going to be catching up on all your new posts since your "return" to FA (grin). I did receive your email and I'll be replying. (Thumbs Up)
Christoff, hello to you again, and again I greatly appreciate your comment / compliment about my pic. If you may be interested, I occasionally send better photos to my FA friends via email, and if you wish, I can include you as a recipient of those better pictures. My email is
Jim, Hi to you, and much Thanx for the comment and added info. No, not employed by the airport or any airline. I am merely an amateur photographer who enjoys taking aviation photos. And I've always felt that pictures are meant to be viewed, so I give them no charge to whoever requests them. (And I'm a huge FDX "fan," I'm trying to get a shot of the entire fleet. Been snapping FDX for ten years; probably take me another 20 to get them all. One of my bucket list hopes is to visit KMEM.)
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
19-Jul-2019 DC10Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Los Angeles Intl () 05:39PM CDT 06:26PM PDT 2:47
19-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:44PM CDT 03:53PM CDT 1:08
19-Jul-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 07:33AM EDT 07:51AM CDT 1:18
19-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 02:51AM CDT 05:08AM EDT 1:17
18-Jul-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 07:46AM EDT 08:04AM CDT 1:18
18-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 03:14AM CDT 05:27AM EDT 1:12
17-Jul-2019 DC10Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:19PM CDT 11:46PM CDT 1:26
17-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 04:58PM CDT 06:13PM CDT 1:14
17-Jul-2019 DC10Jacksonville Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:20AM EDT 09:40AM CDT 1:20
17-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 04:43AM CDT 06:57AM EDT 1:13
16-Jul-2019 DC10Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:49PM CDT 11:05PM CDT 1:15
16-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 04:30PM CDT 05:28PM CDT 0:58
16-Jul-2019 DC10Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:32AM CDT 08:49AM CDT 1:17
16-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:54AM CDT 05:01AM CDT 1:06
15-Jul-2019 DC10Kansas City Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:01PM CDT 12:09AM CDT (+1) 1:08
14-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 04:16PM CDT 05:15PM CDT 0:58
11-Jul-2019 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:43PM EDT 10:54PM CDT 1:11
11-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:54PM CDT 06:09PM EDT 1:14
11-Jul-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 07:40AM EDT 08:00AM CDT 1:20
11-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 02:58AM CDT 05:11AM EDT 1:13
10-Jul-2019 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:32PM EDT 10:40PM CDT 1:08
10-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 04:18PM CDT 06:26PM EDT 1:08
10-Jul-2019 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:33AM EDT 08:45AM CDT 1:11
10-Jul-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 04:40AM CDT 06:53AM EDT 1:12
10-Jul-2019 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()Memphis Intl () 01:00AM EDT 12:58AM CDT 0:57
08-Jul-2019 DC10Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Indianapolis Intl () 10:32PM CDT 01:14AM EDT (+1) 1:42
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