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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.

Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Random Photo #62: A California summer?

Sacramento-based saxophonist Shawn Raiford performs in the kickoff concert to the 2016 Stockton Summer Jazz Festival series as storm clouds approach McLeod Lake Park in downtown Stockton.

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Graduation day

May is the season for graduations and soon the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be playing at high schools, colleges, arenas and stadiums throughout the country. Graduations are among the milestone moments of our children’s lives and it’s only natural that we want to preserve those moments in photographs. The best and easiest times [...]

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April outtakes

“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” –Charles Lamb My apologies for the tardiness of the last couple of outtake posts. Here are my top 10 previously unposted photos from April. _____________________________________________ 4/5/16: _____________________________________________ 4/14/16: _____________________________________________ 4/15/16: _____________________________________________ 4/19/16: _____________________________________________ 4/22/16: _____________________________________________ [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #16: Valley oak

1/25/2013: Storm clouds approach an oak tree on Live Oak Road near Lodi.

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Lens culture

Occasionally I’ve been asked: “what’s your favorite lens?” My answer is: “the one I need at the time.” It may sound a bit flippant but I don’t have any single lens that I use over the others. Instead, I’ll use a lens that I need for a particular job. Each type of lens has its [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #15: King of the butterflies

10/24/2014: A monarch butterfly lands on a flower along the shore of the deep water channel near Louis Park in Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Hold the phone

A couple of weeks ago I was driving around Stockton when I spotted a gardener pruning roses on the UOP campus, which I thought would make a nice spring weather photo. I got out the car and introduced myself, but when I pulled my camera out of my bag I noticed that it felt a [...]

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Meet Artie D, the…

Also seen in the Stockton Chinese New Years Parade was “Artie D” the mascot for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Like so many other business mascots, Artie is portrayed by a person in a plush costume. The thing is, I don’t know what Artie is supposed to be. Pacific Gas and Electric’s mascot (which [...]

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Luck of the…

It is a Chinese tradition to give out small red envelopes during special events such as a wedding or New Years. They’re supposed to represent good luck and prosperity. The envelopes are red, a color that’s supposed to represent good luck in Chinese culture. They’re usually stuffed money and given as gifts. The sum can [...]

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