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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: Open to all

My photo instructor Dick Fleming once hypothetically posited that given two photo students, one with unlimited resources (film, access to any piece of equipment, time, etc.), the other with limited means (1 camera & lens, only a few frames of film), the student with only a few choices would do a better job on the [...]

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Always watch your backgrounds

You can never talk too much about how important backgrounds are to a photo. A good one can enhance a picture’s readability. A bad one can obscure your subject and distract from the image’s overall appeal. Here are two examples of how a slight and simple change in the background can make a big difference. [...]

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Crosstraining

When is photographing wild birds like shooting a football game? The two different genres of photography, wildlife and sports, may seem very dissimilar but the skills to shoot each are actually related. While there are always exceptions to the rule,  most sports photography requires a telephoto lens to bring athletes who can be far away [...]

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Random photo #40: Golden cast

Angler Richard Thomas of Stockton casts his line against a colorful sunset while fishing at the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton.

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Dancing with my mother

One of the powers of a photograph is to make memories tangibly visceral. This is especially so when the photo is an actual physical print. A picture in one’s hand can bring to life emotions and recollections that photos on a computer monitor or cellphone screen may have a harder time realizing. When I was [...]

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December outtakes: One last look

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Suess. It’s the start of a brand new year but here’s one last look at last year’s last month. __________________________________________ [...]

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Readers Challenge assignment: Fielders’s choice

After about 22 months of readers Challenge assignments this month’s challenge will be a little different. Instead of a exploring a single subject, this assignment will be open to any of the 22 previous topics (presented here in chronological order: Flowers, Outdoor portraits, County Fair, Water, Indoor available light, Close up, Motion, Architecture, Cellphones, Still [...]

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52 Pick up: 2014 edition

Here are 52 of my favorite photos from 2014 in slide show form.

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12 from 14

There is a natural tendency for us to take a look back at the old year before boldly stepping into the new one and I guess I’m no different in that. This the time of year for top 10 lists of this, that or the other thing of events that happened in 2014. It’s not [...]

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Readers challenge: Holiday lights

Nothing visually epitomizes the holiday season than Christmas lights, which is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people put up simple yet elegant white lights while others put up those of every color in the rainbow. Either way, from neighborhoods to shopping centers, they lend a festive air to the season. [...]

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