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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 assignment: What you did on your summer vacation

For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme. Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Face value

“That face, that face, that wonderful face; It shines, it glows all over the place.” – “That Face” by Alan Bergman and Lew Spence The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “faces.” Our faces are the most recognizable feature that we have. We often talk about it in song and literature. We put on a [...]

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Random photo #51: Shadows and form

Shadows created by the sun in a cloudless sky capture the form of Australian tennis player Storm Summers as she hits a forehand during her match against USA’s Allie Kiick in the USTA’s Stockton Challenger tennis tournament, a part of the 42-stop Women’s Tennis Pro Circuit Challenger Series, held at the University of the Pacific’s [...]

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June outtakes: Summertime and the livin’ is easy

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” - Al Bernstein June’s coming signaled summer’s start and with it the season’s unbridled heat. Hear are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from the year’s 6th month. _____________________________________________ 6/4/15:  _____________________________________________ 6/6/15: _____________________________________________ 6/7/15: _____________________________________________ 6/19/15:_____________________________________________ 6/20/15: _____________________________________________ 6/25/15: _____________________________________________ 6/26/15:

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A hairy situation

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer…” – ”Hair” by James Rado and Gerome Ragni Last week, I covered a press availability event for the 2015 Supra Boats Professional Wakeboard Tour at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop. Photographers [...]

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Making contact

A “ball on bat” photo is a picture, in baseball or softball, of exact the moment the ball makes contact with the bat (or soon thereafter) and it can be a daunting task for a photographer. The three most important things in shooting such a picture are timing, timing and timing. There is a popular [...]

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Advertising 101

Got your advertising space? Check! It’s a large billboard along the heavily trafficked I-5 near the Mossdale “Y” in Lathrop. Got you phone number so people know where to call? Check! “(209) 915-0126,” in very large digits! Got your name so they know whom to call? Check! “Call Vince,” also in huge letters. Got your [...]

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Blast from the past: Fire in the sky

“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.” – James Lafferty For the first time since 2008 the city of Stockton will have a fireworks show tonight at the Weber Point Events Center. [...]

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Random Photos #51-54: Baby, it’s hot outside

  Top:  11-year-old Jesse Young of Lodi cools off by sliding down the water slide at the Anthony N. Gora Aquatic Center in Galt.   Center left: 7-year-old Ella Her-Xiong of Stockton plays in the interactive fountain at the Camanche picnic area at Micke Grove Park in Lodi.    Center right: 3-year-old Ni’imah Girley of Stockton [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Face-off

“The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” – St. Jerome Portraits are all about the face. Looking at faces is the main way that we recognize others. We’ll often remember the face of someone we’ve met long ago even though we may not recall [...]

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