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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
12-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 04:38AM CST 07:26AM CST 2:48
11-Dec-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 10:39PM EST 12:20AM CST (+1) 2:41
11-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 03:34PM CST 06:44PM EST 2:10
11-Dec-2019 DC10Boston Logan Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:37AM EST 12:32PM CST 2:54
11-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 03:03AM CST 06:04AM EST 2:01
10-Dec-2019 DC10Piedmont Triad Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:07PM EST 10:44PM CST 1:37
10-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 04:52PM CST 07:05PM EST 1:12
09-Dec-2019 DC10Newark Liberty Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:32PM EST 11:54PM CST 2:21
08-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:22PM CST 10:26PM EST 2:04
07-Dec-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 12:23PM EST 12:50PM CST 1:27
06-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 04:09PM CST 06:30PM EST 1:20
06-Dec-2019 DC10Piedmont Triad Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:38AM EST 09:15AM CST 1:36
06-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 04:14AM CST 06:20AM EST 1:06
05-Dec-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:54PM EST 11:36PM CST 2:42
05-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 03:52PM CST 07:07PM EST 2:15
05-Dec-2019 DC10Valley Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:03AM CST 12:34PM CST 1:31
05-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Valley Intl () 07:50AM CST 09:38AM CST 1:48
04-Dec-2019 DC10Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:46PM EST 11:53PM CST 2:06
04-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:09PM CST 08:51PM EST 1:42
04-Dec-2019 DC10Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 10:06AM EST 10:52AM CST 1:46
04-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 04:13AM CST 07:03AM EST 1:50
03-Dec-2019 DC10Miami Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:24PM EST 10:29PM CST 2:05
03-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Miami Intl () 04:47PM CST 07:29PM EST 1:41
03-Dec-2019 DC10Orlando Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:10AM EST 09:01AM CST 1:51
03-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Orlando Intl () 03:31AM CST 05:53AM EST 1:21
02-Dec-2019 DC10San Antonio Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:33PM CST 11:56PM CST 1:22
01-Dec-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 04:55PM CST 06:39PM CST 1:43
01-Dec-2019 DC10Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Memphis Intl () 03:39AM CST 04:40AM CST 1:00
30-Nov-2019 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 08:36PM CST 10:53PM CST 2:17
30-Nov-2019 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:36PM CST Diverted
30-Nov-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 04:26AM CST 07:11AM CST 2:45
29-Nov-2019 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:22PM EST 11:22PM CST 0:59
29-Nov-2019 DC10Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Indianapolis Intl () 08:03PM EST 09:17PM EST 1:13
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