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McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (N973TW)


The shadows and the golden glow of the scene easily reveal the time of day. Just a few moments after sunrise, this MD-83 climbs away past Mt. Rose (just south of Reno Tahoe International) at the start of an early morning flight to KDFW.


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Brian Swoger
A gorgeous picture of Mt. Rose, betting on medium level winds on climb out (look at the blowing snow at 12K on Mt. Rose!). Reno, the US Wind Tunnel!
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
TY For the compli, Brian.

To Mr. Daniel Baker, the members of the FA management team, the FA "Staff Pic" photo review persons, and to all FA viewers ...
Heck, I know no one at FA will ever see this comment, but nevertheless, I'm going to post it.
Just a few minutes ago, the number of "viewers" of this photo of mine went over the "100,000" mark. Now, that may not seem like a very big deal to most folks, but it most certainly is a fantastic thing to me. That a photo of mine has been viewed over 100,000 times is, to me, one of the neatest things ever! I would never have thought it possible. So I'm going to say "Thanks" to all who made it happen.
Before I joined FA back in 2009, I had submitted my amateur aviation photos to JP. Prior to 2009, I had submitted 50 photos over a time frame of several years. Every submission was rejected. Each rejection indicated a "reason." I carefully logged each "reason" and then went out and took better photos, insuring that the defects which had caused my earlier submissions to those sites to be rejected did not exist in my newest attempt, and when I thought I had finally snapped a picture that would be accepted, I sent it in. 50 attempts over several years. The only appeal I ever filed was to the 50th JP rejection, and the BS reply I received to my appeal was that I "should buy a better camera and learn how to take better photos." I've never viewed JP or A.net again, and I never will. I joined FA and one of my first submissions to the FA gallery was this photo. Is it an Ultra Top Quality pic? I know it isn't. But I was way more than excited when this one was chosen as a Staff Pic. And this morning, the 100,000th view of it was recorded.
So even tho no one will ever really see this comment, I say "Thanks" to everyone at FA & also to every single one of the 100,000 anonymous folks who viewed my pic in the FA gallery. This is just the 56th photo in the entire FA gallery to exceed 100,000 views. Thank You to all who made it happen. I am tremendously appreciative. Very Sincerely, Gary C. "RNOOldeCarl" Schenauer
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
To ALL FA Viewers:
Earlier today, I was notified by a friend to check this photo and I discovered it had gone over the "120,000 views" total. I also discovered that when the view totals of just my top three pictures are added together, those 3 totals exceed one-quarter of a million views.
I am astounded ... and I am extremely grateful. In over six years, I have posted less than 400 pictures into the gallery so I am stunned that just three of them, when totaled, have received over 1/4 of a million views. And I have no one to thank except the 120,000 people who have looked at this photo, the one-quarter of a million FA viewers who have checked out my three pictures, and of course, the super folks at Flight Aware. It has been the wonderful people of FA who have accepted my pictures free of charge (I know a person who pays to get pictures posted on another site). And it has been the people of FA who taught me about aviation photography and who have aided me in improving as an amateur photographer. I owe 100% of my abilities to FA, and although I remain just an amateur (I never have, nor will I ever, take $ for any photos I snap, but just this year alone I have freely given away thousands of pictures taken at aviation events accompanied by a full photo use photographer's release), I know my photo quality has improved a little since this one was submitted. And I owe so much to FA that I could never repay, so I'll simply say that FA "made it happen" for me and ... Thank You to all.
Mathias Böttcher
it`s hard to weigh, photo or plane, both should convince with you everything is very exact,
Congratulations, Gary -
Craig Walkup
Post a pic of an MD-80 taking off from Lambert- St. Louis Int'l Airport, MO :)
sam kuminecz
Gary...I just forwarded your comment thanking FA for posting your photo...
I sent it to Daniel and Jessica...
if they respond ill send it to you
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Just went over 125,000 "views." It was only a few months ago that it went over 120,000, and now 5,000 more folks have viewed it. Thank you to all who have viewed this snap; thanks to Brian, Mathias, Craig, and Sam for your comments; and TYVVM to everyone in the FA organization.
... Most Appreciatively, Gary Schenauer
Greg Byington
Well, it is just a darn nice photo! You have good background (a little wind on the mountain helps), good composition, good light, a good looking airplane and livery, and good timing (the plane's gear is up). What's not to like? So, the views and votes are much deserved.
Fantastic photo Gary! 5 stars!
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