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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.

Eclipse of the eyes

On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cut a 70-mile wide diagonal path across the country starting from Oregon and ending South Carolina. While we won’t be able to see the total phase of the eclipse here in Stockton, we will get a partial eclipse that will cover about 78% of the sun. [...]

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Outtakes: Goodbye July

“Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots and gillyflowers.” – Sara Coleridge The most patriotic of months has come and gone as summer turns the corner and heads down the backstretch. Here are some of my favorite previously unposted photos from July. ______________________________________ 7/3/17: ______________________________________ 7/6/17: ______________________________________ 7/21/17: ______________________________________ 7/22/17: ______________________________________ 7/23/17: ______________________________________ 7/28/17: ______________________________________ 7/29/17: [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation

With children returning to school summer is starting to wind down which makes it the perfect time for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Vacation. Vacation photos are basically travel photos. A good travel picture conveys the sense of place to land you’ve traveled to. A few years ago my son went to Japan on [...]

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Sunset, moonrise

On Saturday night I photographed the weekly races at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton. I set up in my usual spot atop the press box on the west side of the track. It affords me a relatively unobstructed view over the safety fence. At around 8:00 p.m. between races I looked to the west and [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Down by the river

I grew up in a small river town in the Delta, so I know how wonderful river life can be. I remember as a kid splashing around in my favorite swimming hole and I know what its like when the heat of a summer’s day is dissipated by the cool evening river breeze. This is [...]

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Throwback Thursday: A cool picture for a hot day

Here’s a wintry photo from 2010 that hopefully will cool you off on a hot summer day. Jennifer Farrell of Woodside helps her 5-year-old daughter Elle Marsyla ski at the Soda Springs ski resort near Donner Summit. (1/30/10)  CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD PHOTO

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“Art is long and life is short” – Hippocrates

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “the best zoom lens your feet,” meaning that you should try to get physically as close to your subject as you can. That’s certainly true but there are times when you can’t get as close as you want. That’s where a telephoto lens comes in. There are 2 [...]

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The name game

The late Sacramento area stock photographer Tom Meyers was not only a great shooter but he was a whiz at organizing his photos as well. In the pre-digital age, he had file cabinets with thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of slides, and each were carefully and meticulously filed and cross referenced for easy finding. Most [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Take me to the river

You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Rivers.” Rivers can be the life blood of any area but especially in ours.  About 1,000 miles of waterways wind through the Delta. They are the sources of the water that not only quenches [...]

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Outtakes: June swooned

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” – Al Bernstein June has come and gone and summer is in full swing. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from the month. ______________________________________ 6/3/2017: ______________________________________ 6/10/2017: ______________________________________ 6/11/2017: ______________________________________ 6/26/2017: ______________________________________ 6/27/2017: ______________________________________ 6/29/2017: ______________________________________ 6/30/2017:

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