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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N318FE)


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.
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
24-Jan-2020 DC10New Orleans Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:36AM CST 08:30AM CST 0:53
24-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 03:48AM CST 04:42AM CST 0:54
23-Jan-2020 DC10Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:07PM CST 11:08PM CST 1:01
23-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 05:32PM CST 06:39PM CST 1:06
23-Jan-2020 DC10New Orleans Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:08AM CST 09:05AM CST 0:56
23-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 04:08AM CST 05:02AM CST 0:54
22-Jan-2020 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:32PM CST 11:03PM CST 2:30
22-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 05:29AM CST 08:14AM CST 2:45
18-Jan-2020 DC10Kansas City Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:14AM CST 09:14AM CST 1:00
18-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 04:05AM CST 05:00AM CST 0:55
17-Jan-2020 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:21PM EST 10:53PM CST 1:32
17-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:50PM CST 05:56PM EST 1:06
17-Jan-2020 DC10New Orleans Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:18AM CST 08:11AM CST 0:52
17-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 03:31AM CST 04:24AM CST 0:52
16-Jan-2020 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:37PM EST 11:05PM CST 1:27
16-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:48PM CST 05:53PM EST 1:04
15-Jan-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:34AM EST 11:27AM CST 2:53
15-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:00AM CST 07:10AM EST 2:09
14-Jan-2020 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:48PM CST 11:12PM CST 2:24
14-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 05:06AM CST 07:59AM CST 2:52
13-Jan-2020 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:46PM CST 11:17PM CST 2:30
13-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 04:19AM CST 07:14AM CST 2:55
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