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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.

Think like a camera

One way to improve your photographic skills is to think like your camera, or more precisely, know how your camera thinks. Today’s digital cameras are technological wonders. Not only are they imaging devices but mini computers as well. The contain algorithms for auto exposure, auto focus and many other complex functions. However, with all its [...]

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A midsummer’s outtakes: June

We’re in the middle of summer and we’ve had our 100+ degree temperatures already. Although things may have seemed to have cooled off somewhat, there’s plenty of summer left for things to heat back up again. Here are my top 10 favorites previously un posted photos from June. ____________________________________________ 6/2/2016: ____________________________________________ 6/6/2016: ____________________________________________ 6/8/2016: ____________________________________________ [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Summertime

“In the summertime when the weather is hot, You can reach right up and touch the sky…” “In the Summertime” by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry Summer is the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. It’s the time of leisure and vacations. Summertime conjures images of swinging lazily in a hammock while sipping a cool glass [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: There’s no place like home

“When I think of home I think of a place where there’s love overflowing, I wish I was home” – by Charlie Smalls (from The Wiz) The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment was on finding the beauty in hometowns. One has to become a tourist in and see familiar sights with a fresh eye. A [...]

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Experience your experiences

On May 22 I photographed former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop for his wife Hillary at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Stockton. About 700 people were jammed into the center’s exhibition hall. I shot the event from with the rest of the media from a press riser at the back of the room and [...]

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What’s inside

When I was a young community college photo student I disassembled a 200mm lens. Several weeks earlier a fellow student did it to one of his lenses after he fell and dunked it into the water during a week-long field trip to Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. Sand and salt water are the two [...]

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Day of the flag

The U.S. Flag’s official title is the “Flag of the United States of America” but we know it by many other nicknames: the American Flag, the Stars and Stripes, Red, White and Blue, the Star Spangled Banner and Old Glory. It is the symbol of our nation and we fly on many occasions. The most obvious [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Be ever so humble…

“…No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from I cannot forget the people who love me Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town And people let me be just what I want to be…” – Small Town by John Mellencamp Most people have fond memories of where they grew [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #18: Big leaf, little leaf

11/9/2012: A fallen sycamore leaf lays in some ivy near Knoles Hall on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

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Outtakes: The merry, merry month of May

May brought a pig on a leash, kids in some mud, a former president and a baseball championship. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from the 5th month of the year. ____________________________________________  5/8/2016:  ____________________________________________  5/15/2016: ____________________________________________  5/21/2016: ____________________________________________  5/23/2016: ____________________________________________  5/24/2016: ____________________________________________  5/30/2016: ____________________________________________ 5/31/2016:    

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