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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
18-Jan-2020 DC10Denver Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:03AM MST 10:54AM CST 1:50
18-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Denver Intl () 04:24AM CST 05:36AM MST 2:11
17-Jan-2020 DC10New York Stewart Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:52PM EST 11:25PM CST 2:32
17-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()New York Stewart Intl () 03:24AM CST 06:22AM EST 1:57
16-Jan-2020 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:30PM CST 10:59PM CST 2:28
16-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 04:37AM CST 07:24AM CST 2:47
15-Jan-2020 DC10Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:16PM CST 12:37AM CST (+1) 1:20
15-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:16PM CST 05:39PM CST 1:23
15-Jan-2020 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 08:16AM EST 08:47AM CST 1:30
15-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 03:08AM CST 05:25AM EST 1:16
14-Jan-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 10:59PM EST 12:46AM CST (+1) 2:47
14-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:31PM CST 07:31PM EST 1:59
14-Jan-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 10:20AM EST 12:25PM CST 3:04
14-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 05:11AM CST 08:02AM EST 1:51
10-Jan-2020 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 10:13PM EST 12:26AM CST (+1) 3:12
10-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:28AM CST 07:23AM EST 1:55
09-Jan-2020 DC10Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:51PM CST 11:08PM CST 1:17
09-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 04:15PM CST 05:28PM CST 1:12
09-Jan-2020 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 09:23AM EST 10:00AM CST 1:36
09-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 05:21AM CST 07:36AM EST 1:15
08-Jan-2020 DC10Denver Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:17PM MST 12:14AM CST (+1) 1:57
08-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:57PM CST 04:55PM MST 1:58
08-Jan-2020 DC10Jacksonville Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:34AM EST 08:59AM CST 1:25
08-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 04:03AM CST 06:13AM EST 1:09
06-Jan-2020 DC10Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 08:38PM CST 10:58PM CST 2:20
06-Jan-2020 DC10Memphis Intl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 06:54AM CST 09:34AM CST 2:40
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