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Clifford Oto

Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals with photography, camera gear, the photos taken for the paper and the stories behind them.

Raders Photo Challenge: Pumpkins

Pumpkins are the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. They are not only the symbol of Halloween, but of fall in general as well. Their bright orange color and rounded, ribbed shape are a part of their visual appeal. Nine readers sent in a total of 40 photos. Here are the top examples. ________________________________________ [...]

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October outtakes

“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.” – Alexander Smith October is over and with it the harvest moon and Halloween. Here are 10 of my favorite photos from 2018’s 10th month. _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________

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Spiraling under control

People may think that artistic compositions are grown out of an organic sense of aesthetics but there is one technique that is rooted in mathematics. It’s called the Fibonacci Sequence. Or the Golden Mean. Or the Phi ratio. Or the…it actually has a half dozen or so names. I learned it as the Golden Spiral. [...]

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The last run

The Record’s TKS web press ran for its last time on the night of October 20. The press was first run in late April of 2005. The Record’s then-corporate owners Ottaway replaced an old Goss press which dated back to the 1950s. For the photographers it was a welcome change. The Goss machine was what [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The great pumpkin hunt

The subject for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is inspired by the harvest season: Pumpkins. Halloween will be smack dab in the middle of the challenge so obviously jack-o-lanterns will be a natural subject. Try shooting them at night while lit up from the inside. It could make for a spooky shot. Don’t forget [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Oh, what a day!

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is called “A Day in the Life Of.” For this challenge participants could pick any subject then wanted but with one caveat: The photos had to be shot on a specific day: Saturday, October 6. Some people got up early, a few others stayed up late and a couple [...]

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Weather or not

Photojournalists are used to working in all kinds weather conditions and, from heat waves to rainstorms and we’re usually prepared for them. But there are sometimes that we can be caught off guard. Last Wednesday, I was assigned to cover the Stockton Pro Open tennis tournament at the University of the Pacific’s Eve Zimmerman Tennis [...]

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Outtakes: Remembering September

“September: It was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows and regret.” – Alexander Theroux September is over and with it the last of summer. Here are 10 of my favorite photos from the month.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: A day in the life

In the 1980s, photojournalist Rick Smolan created a unique and ambitious project: photograph an entire country in a single day. Thus the Day In The Life Of Australia was born. Smolan got cadre of elite photographers to scour the “Land Down Under” for a 24-hour period. Smolan subsequently went on to produce several other Day [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: As smooth as glass

This months assignment was “glass.” Even in this is the age of plastics, glass is still used widely. Items made of glass can be functional or decorative. They can range from windows to ornamental snow globes and beyond. Here are some of the best examples of the 45 photos that 15 readers sent in. _____________________________________ [...]

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