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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.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The current Record’s Reader Photo Challenge assignment of “birds” is halfway done. An event that dovetails (pardon the pun) neatly with this challenge is the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The count, put on by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, was started in 1998 and was the first online citizen/science project [...]

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January outtakes: 2016

The first month of 2016 has come and gone. We got some much-needed rain and, photographically speaking, it’s been a mixed bag with a little bit of everything. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from January. _______________________________________________ 1/7/16: _______________________________________________ 1/9/16: _______________________________________________ 1/10/16: _______________________________________________ 1/13/16:   _______________________________________________ 1/16/16: _______________________________________________ 1/24/16: _______________________________________________ 1/27/16:

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Mother Nature Monday #2: Sunset reflections

12/17/2013: A colorful sunset and tule reeds are reflected in the waters of Lodi Lake in Lodi.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: For the birds

The subject for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is for the birds. Actually, it is birds. The trickiest thing about photographing birds of almost any type is that they can be very skittish. It’s very difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of one or even a flock of them. A [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #1: Rollin’ down the river

I’ve been participating on social media in something called the “7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.” It calls for people to post on social media one photo a day for a week that epitomizes the beauty of the natural world. I’ve had so much fun with it that it’s inspired me to add a new standing feature [...]

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Random photo #59: I wonder who got their badge?

Kylie Edwards, 7, left, and Chelby Johnson, 8, react to seeing a tarantula up close at the Bugology event at the Worlds of Wonder Science Museum in downtown Lodi. The girls were a part of Girls Scout troop 209 from Tracy at the event to get their bug badges.

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Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The current Reader Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. Fortunately we had several cloudy days within the 2 week time period of the challenge. While some readers did some traveling to shoot their pictures, most took advantage of the cloudy conditions close to home. Seventeen readers sent in 83 photos and showed that having one’s head [...]

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A sense of selfie

Be yourself, but always be your better self.” – Karl G. Maeser The Oxford Dictionary traces the first use of the word “selfie” back to 2002. By 2013 not only did they add it to the dictionary but made it their word of the year. In a recent post blogger Matt Walsh posted an article [...]

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A camera primer

I’m often asked about what’s best brand of camera to get. I know a lot of people are brand conscious but the truth is that they all work just fine, despite what the camera companies may say. What’s more important is the type of camera and how it suits your needs. The majority of people [...]

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A last look at a last look: December outtakes

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” – Fennel Hudson I must be getting to the age where time flies because it seems to me that 2015 began just a few months ago. Here’s one last look back at the last month of [...]

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