Looking back

“Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.” – Thomas Fuller

A sailboat passes by some golden poppies growing along the banks of the deep  water channel at Buckley Cove Park in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: F/16 @ 1/250 sec.. ISO: 100).

The Record’s online editor Brea Jones and web content producer Kirk Barron have put together year-end photo galleries for each of the Record’s photographers. In looking back at my work, this year was one of my most productive ever.

Every year I keep a file of my favorite photos. In 2006, it contained 439 pictures. 2007’s held 656. Not everyone of them is a gem, of course, but there’s some aspect of each of them that I liked. For some, there’s funny or interesting story behind them. Others had some technical facet that intrigued me.

Out of the roughly thousand or so assignments I had over the year, which ranged from mugshots to soldier funerals to football playoffs, I picked out 59 of my favorite photos.

Perhaps I could’ve edited them down even more, but It was hard enough to get them down to 59. Those pictures, as well as those of the other photographers, can be seen in The Record’s Year In Photos galleries.

There were a even more that I liked, but for one reason or another, they didn’t make the final round of editing. Here are some of the ones that almost made the cut.

Seven-year-old Corneilus Payne throws a ball during an organized game of catch at the after school program at Taylor School in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @17mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/250. ISO: 100).

I shot this young student put into playing catch during P.E.. His effort and concentration was equal to that of any athlete of any level.




Graduates wait outside a classroom before the start of the New Vision High School graduation in Weston Ranch. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @17mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/250. ISO: 200).

We shoot a couple of dozen of graduations a year. The play of light and shadows helps to take this photo out of the ordinary.




Alfonso Ron of Stockton, left, and Amy Hurbut of Lodi participate in a Salsa dance class at the Chitiva’s Sports and Salsa in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @17mm. Exposure: f/2.8 @ 1/8. ISO: 800).

I used the dragging-the-shutter technique on this shot of a salsa dance class. The the blur caused by the slow shutter speed conveyed as sense of movement and action while the flash stopped the motion of the main subjects.



Delta student John Painter of Stockton wore a grim reaper costume during Halloween at the college in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 135mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/500. ISO: 200).

Halloween at Delta College brings out the macabre humor in some of the students.


Stockton Ports players Steve Kleen, left, Lloyd Turner and Frank Martinez warm up under partly cloudy skies before the start of the first game in a four game home stand against the Visalia Oaks at the Stockton Ballpark in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @17mm. Exposure: f/16 @ 1/500. ISO: 200).

Before the start of a game, three Stockton Ports players warm up, oblivious to their grace and elegant might.



Kim Parco, of Tracy, helps her 4-year-old son Carson make his way down the slopes at the ski area at Bear Valley.  (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/11 @ 1/500. ISO: 200).

Some parents are accused of being overprotective. It’s just hard for some people to let their children go.


Happy New Year to you all and here’s to a prosperous and productive 2008.

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