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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N318FE)

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This is the moment of exact sunrise over Reno Tahoe International. Behind me, the sun is just coming up over the crest of the Virginia Range Mountains east of the airport, so the sun is lighting up the upper floors of the Atlantis Casino; however, because it has not yet risen high enough, the bottom floors of the hotel casino, the RTIA grounds, and Fed Ex's "Annabel" (N318FE) are all still in shadow as the DC-10 taxies north toward the cargo area ramp after landing on runway 16R.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
On mornings when there are no clouds in the eastern sky, this is always a wonderful three to four minutes of time. Three to four minutes is about all the time it takes for the scene to go from "full shadow" to "full sunshine," and capturing this particularly brief instant when the scene is "divided in half" between shadow and sunshine is always a challenge ... trying to get the settings just right so that the top doesn't come out too bright or the bottom doesn't come out too dark.
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Less than two minutes earlier, I captured "Annabel" touching down on 16R .... and the entire scene in THAT snap is in full shadow because the sun was still just below the crest of the mountains behind me. Yet, by the time "Annabel" taxied past me here and was being marshaled into its ramp slot, the sun had come completely over the crest and in my next set of pics, clicked only 80 seconds after this series, the entire airport is fully bathed in morning sunshine. On cloudless evenings, the same thing happens in reverse as the sun drops below the crest of the Sierra Nevada.
Greg Byington
Yeah, that's cool! Nice job, Gary!
Mark See
Very nice shot Gary! 5*****s! That is one awesome background too.
Dwight Hartje
Outstanding capture! I saw one very similar to this one at RDU, N385FE.
beautiful ! DC-10
Scott Gist
Really nice shot, love the light work.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
11-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 05:02AM CDT 06:56AM EDT 0:54
10-Aug-2020 DC10San Antonio Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:43PM CDT 12:09AM CDT (+1) 1:25
09-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 05:24PM CDT 06:47PM CDT 1:22
08-Aug-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 08:50PM EDT 10:09PM CDT 2:18
08-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:31AM CDT 07:40AM EDT 2:08
07-Aug-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:40PM EDT 10:55PM CDT 2:15
07-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:24AM CDT 07:27AM EDT 2:02
06-Aug-2020 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:31PM EDT 11:32PM CDT 1:00
05-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 05:11PM CDT 07:02PM EDT 0:50
05-Aug-2020 DC10Miami Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:21AM EDT 11:12AM CDT 1:51
05-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Miami Intl () 04:12AM CDT 06:57AM EDT 1:45
04-Aug-2020 DC10Denver Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:35PM MDT 12:18AM CDT (+1) 1:43
04-Aug-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Denver Intl () 05:51PM CDT 07:43PM MDT 2:52
04-Aug-2020 DC10Ontario Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:38AM PDT 10:39AM CDT 3:01
04-Aug-2020 DC10Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Ontario Intl () 02:26AM PDT 03:15AM PDT 0:48
03-Aug-2020 DC10Los Angeles Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 10:28PM PDT 11:17PM PDT 0:48
02-Aug-2020 DC10Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 04:44PM PDT 06:55PM PDT 2:11
01-Aug-2020 DC10Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 02:46AM PDT 04:12AM PDT 1:26
31-Jul-2020 DC10Los Angeles Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 10:18PM PDT 11:09PM PDT 0:51
31-Jul-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 06:02PM CDT 07:14PM PDT 3:12
30-Jul-2020 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 08:08AM EDT 08:35AM CDT 1:26
30-Jul-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 04:30AM CDT 06:43AM EDT 1:12
29-Jul-2020 DC10El Paso Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:35PM MDT 11:30PM CDT 1:55
29-Jul-2020 DC10Houston Bush Int'ctl ()El Paso Intl () 06:42PM CDT 07:06PM MDT 1:24
29-Jul-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:53PM CDT 04:58PM CDT 1:05
29-Jul-2020 DC10Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:33AM CDT 09:42AM CDT 1:09
29-Jul-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:25AM CDT 06:37AM CDT 1:12
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