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Boeing 737-900 (N805DN) - A pair of Boeings, Delta's N805DN (a B739) and UPS's N444UP (a B752), on the move in the dawn hour at RNO. The Delta jet was taxiing out to Runway 34L for departure to Salt Lake City (KSLC) while the UPS jet was turning off 34L to taxi to the cargo ramp.
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Boeing 737-900 (N805DN)


A pair of Boeings, Delta's N805DN (a B739) and UPS's N444UP (a B752), on the move in the dawn hour at RNO. The Delta jet was taxiing out to Runway 34L for departure to Salt Lake City (KSLC) while the UPS jet was turning off 34L to taxi to the cargo ramp.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
This was a "learning experience" photo series. I don't get an opportunity like this very often with one jetliner moving toward me while another jet is moving away. Added to that was the fact that it was still dawn so the camera settings, including the shutter speed, had to be adjusted to accommodate the darker dawn hour light conditions. In an effort to keep the ISO setting no higher than 400, I slowed the shutter speed slightly. And that was my mistake. The UPS did not come out quite as sharp as I had hoped, and the Delta, which was coasting toward me rather rapidly because it was a few minutes late, is not ultra-sharp. I should have set the ISO to 800 and set a faster shutter speed. I'm OK with this one, but if I ever get another perfect opportunity like this, I'm sure I'll get both in super sharp clarity.
For anyone who may be inclined to try this (AND who is fortunate enough to get two jets moving in opposite directions in the SAME FRAME), here are the settings I used ...
Lens: TAMRON 70-300 ... Focal Dist: 110 mm ... ISO: 400 ... F-Stop: 5.6... Shutter: 1/125 sec ... Light Conditions: Prior to Sunrise
For this shot, I should have set >> ISO: 800 ... F-Stop: 6.3 ... Shutter: 1/250 or 1/320
And a PS -- The Delta jet's engines were creating hot exhaust heat waves and when the UPS passed behind those waves in the distance, they distorted the UPS. I failed to anticipate that. If possible, try to get the shot before one of the jets passes behind the heat exhaust of the other one.
Good luck!!
Lewis Tripp
5 Stars, Gary. Well done.
Darryl Sarno
Great shot Gary!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Lewis & Boss D .... Many thanx for your kind complis, guys. I appreciate the kudos, but we all know it could have been a bit better. With one coming closer to me fairly quickly and one in the distance moving further away from me somewhat more slowly, I could not take pics until they were both visible separately and then I had only a few seconds to make fast final corrections to the settings and click a few shots while they were both still in the viewfinder together because the "gap' between them was widening every second. And I wanted both of them to be in sharp focus but one was close while the other was much farther away. As I said above, I'm OK with how this one came out but I did learn from it, too. (I forgot there would be heat waves caused by the Delta's engines - they distorted the UPS in the background.) Frankly, if the sun had been up and the day well lit, I wouldn't have had to fiddle around making adjustments to accommodate the dawn light conditions ... and this shot probably would have been A-OK. But I did learn. KRNO isn't a very busy airport so getting a commercial paxjet taxiing out at the same time as a freighter is landing is not very common, and getting two in the viewfinder simultaneously at this specific angle is even less likely, but if I get another chance at this, I'll do better. But again, Thank You both for your nice comments. (Wave)
Greg Byington
Hey, it is still a pretty darn nice shot! Thanks for the info, Gary. If (and that's a big if) I ever get a chance for this type of shot I'll try to keep all your info in mind! ;-)
Turned out really well
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
01-Oct-2023 B739John F Kennedy Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 06:35PM EDT 09:43PM MDT Scheduled
01-Oct-2023 B739Lynden Pindling Int'l (Nassau) ()John F Kennedy Intl () 01:59PM EDT 04:45PM EDT Scheduled
01-Oct-2023 B739John F Kennedy Intl ()Lynden Pindling Int'l (Nassau) () 09:15AM EDT 12:08PM EDT Scheduled
30-Sep-2023 B739Punta Cana Int'l ()John F Kennedy Intl () 02:30PM AST 05:54PM EDT En Route
30-Sep-2023 B739John F Kennedy Intl ()Punta Cana Int'l () 09:04AM EDT 12:21PM AST 3:17
29-Sep-2023 B739Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 11:21PM MST 06:40AM EDT (+1) 4:18
29-Sep-2023 B739Boston Logan Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:18PM EDT 09:02PM MST 4:43
29-Sep-2023 B739Palm Beach Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 02:06PM EDT 04:50PM EDT 2:43
29-Sep-2023 B739Boston Logan Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 09:20AM EDT 12:12PM EDT 2:51
28-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 05:31PM MDT 11:32PM EDT 4:00
28-Sep-2023 B739Portland Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 01:27PM PDT 03:52PM MDT 1:24
28-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Portland Intl () 11:26AM MDT 11:56AM PDT 1:29
28-Sep-2023 B739Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Salt Lake City Intl () 08:05AM EDT 09:13AM MDT 3:07
27-Sep-2023 B739Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 09:08PM EDT 09:49PM EDT 0:40
27-Sep-2023 B739Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 12:05PM PDT 06:52PM EDT 3:46
27-Sep-2023 B739Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 08:36AM EDT 10:01AM PDT 4:24
26-Sep-2023 B739Tampa Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 02:23PM EDT 04:36PM EDT 2:12
26-Sep-2023 B739Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Tampa Intl () 10:40AM EDT 12:53PM EDT 2:12
26-Sep-2023 B739Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 06:38AM CDT 08:59AM EDT 1:20
25-Sep-2023 B739Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 05:17PM MST 10:01PM CDT 2:43
25-Sep-2023 B739Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 03:02PM CDT 03:56PM MST 2:53
25-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 08:56AM MDT 12:04PM CDT 2:07
25-Sep-2023 B739Gowen Field ()Salt Lake City Intl () 06:05AM MDT 06:46AM MDT 0:40
24-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Gowen Field () 11:01PM MDT 11:46PM MDT 0:44
24-Sep-2023 B739Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Salt Lake City Intl () 07:49PM EDT 08:57PM MDT 3:07
24-Sep-2023 B739Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 10:35AM PDT 05:22PM EDT 3:46
24-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 08:29AM MDT 09:06AM PDT 1:36
23-Sep-2023 B739Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 01:27PM MST 03:33PM MDT 1:05
23-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 11:48AM MDT 12:03PM MST 1:14
23-Sep-2023 B739Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Salt Lake City Intl () 08:37AM EDT 10:15AM MDT 3:38
23-Sep-2023 B739Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 06:13AM EDT 06:56AM EDT 0:42
22-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport () 06:07PM MDT 10:48PM EDT 2:40
22-Sep-2023 B739Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 02:59PM CDT 04:31PM MDT 2:31
22-Sep-2023 B739Salt Lake City Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 08:47AM MDT 11:48AM CDT 2:00
21-Sep-2023 B739John F Kennedy Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 04:31PM EDT 06:52PM MDT 4:21
21-Sep-2023 B739Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 12:44PM EDT 02:21PM EDT 1:36
21-Sep-2023 B739Charleston Intl/AFB ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 07:07AM EDT 07:52AM EDT 0:44
20-Sep-2023 B739Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Charleston Intl/AFB () 10:54PM EDT 11:33PM EDT 0:38
20-Sep-2023 B739Tocumen Int'l ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 02:24PM EST 07:24PM EDT 3:59
20-Sep-2023 B739Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Tocumen Int'l () 09:58AM EDT 12:23PM EST 3:24
20-Sep-2023 B739Muhammad Ali Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 06:03AM EDT 06:55AM EDT 0:51
19-Sep-2023 B739Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Muhammad Ali Intl () 06:47PM EDT 07:39PM EDT 0:51
19-Sep-2023 B739Indianapolis Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 03:18PM EDT 04:18PM EDT 0:59
19-Sep-2023 B739Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 12:43PM EDT 01:50PM EDT 1:06
19-Sep-2023 B739Indianapolis Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 10:02AM EDT 11:05AM EDT 1:02
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