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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
25-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:12AM CDT 07:03AM CDT Scheduled
24-Sep-2020 DC10Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:29PM CDT 10:53PM CDT 1:23
24-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:51AM CDT 06:01AM CDT 1:10
23-Sep-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:50PM EDT 11:28PM CDT 2:37
23-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:39PM CDT 07:44PM EDT 2:04
23-Sep-2020 DC10Ontario Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:38AM PDT 10:32AM CDT 2:53
23-Sep-2020 DC10Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Ontario Intl () 02:33AM PDT 03:24AM PDT 0:50
22-Sep-2020 DC10Ontario Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 09:50PM PDT 10:42PM PDT 0:51
22-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Ontario Intl () 03:43PM CDT 05:06PM PDT 3:22
22-Sep-2020 DC10Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:49AM CDT 09:02AM CDT 1:12
22-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 04:40AM CDT 05:58AM CDT 1:18
21-Sep-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:34PM EDT 10:59PM CDT 2:24
20-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 11:38PM CDT 02:54AM EDT (+1) 2:15
20-Sep-2020 DC10John F Kennedy Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:01AM EDT 09:08AM CDT 2:07
19-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 03:46PM CDT 06:34PM EDT 1:47
19-Sep-2020 DC10Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:44AM CDT 09:11AM CDT 1:27
19-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 04:35AM CDT 06:05AM CDT 1:30
18-Sep-2020 DC10New Orleans Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:03PM CDT 10:57PM CDT 0:53
18-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 04:37PM CDT 05:31PM CDT 0:54
18-Sep-2020 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 07:52AM EDT 08:15AM CDT 1:22
18-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 03:45AM CDT 05:59AM EDT 1:13
17-Sep-2020 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:21PM EDT 11:19PM CDT 0:57
17-Sep-2020 DC10Ontario Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 06:50AM PDT 01:14PM EDT 3:24
17-Sep-2020 DC10Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Ontario Intl () 02:54AM PDT 03:44AM PDT 0:50
16-Sep-2020 DC10Ontario Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 09:56PM PDT 10:53PM PDT 0:56
16-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Ontario Intl () 02:30PM CDT 03:32PM PDT 3:01
16-Sep-2020 DC10Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 05:51AM PDT 11:13AM CDT 3:21
15-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Ontario Intl () 04:29PM CDT 05:40PM PDT 3:10
15-Sep-2020 DC10Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:43AM CDT 08:56AM CDT 1:13
15-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 04:51AM CDT 06:09AM CDT 1:18
14-Sep-2020 DC10San Antonio Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:38PM CDT 11:59PM CDT 1:20
13-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 06:07PM CDT 07:33PM CDT 1:25
12-Sep-2020 DC10Salt Lake City Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:28AM MDT 11:01AM CDT 2:33
12-Sep-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 03:52AM CDT 05:34AM MDT 2:42
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