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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.

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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Readers Photo Challenge: People persons

People. People who need people Are the luckiest people In the world!” – “People” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill Photographing people is a staple of what photo journalists do. For some it comes naturally. They have an easy way about them which helps them not only feel at ease with other people but makes [...]

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Outtakes: May’s days

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale May has ended which brought the end of the spring sports season for high schools. Here are 10 of my favorite unposted photos from the month. ______________________________________ 5/8/2017: ______________________________________ 5/152017: ______________________________________ 5/16/2017: ______________________________________ 5/18/2017: ______________________________________ 5/23/2017: ______________________________________ 5/24/2017: [...]

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Calling for backup

A few years ago Seattle-based photographer Chase Jarvis produced a short video explaining the steps he goes through in backing up his photos when on an extended location shoot. At the end of the day he and his crew copies all his images onto 2 external hard drives. The drives are then stored in the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: People

Most people are uncomfortable taking pictures of other people. A landscape won’t talk back to you, a flower isn’t judgmental of your technique and a bird can’t criticize you. For the latest Readers Photo Challenge I’ll be asking most of you to venture outside of your comfort zone with the assignment of “people.” Posed or [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Go climb a tree

“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree…” – Trees by Joyce Kilmer Perhaps words can’t convey the loveliness of trees, but their beauty can be captured photographs. That’s what 16 readers did for this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “trees.” Trees provide cooling shade, lumber for homes and [...]

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What’s your bag?

So you’ve gotten more serious about photography and have not only gotten a DSLR camera but a couple of lenses, a flash and some other accessories as well. How do you carry it all around with you? There are several different options available to you these days. When I started in photography in the early [...]

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A hands-on experience

Here’s an opportunity for those thinking about purchasing a new camera or lens. Northern California Mike’s Camera stores are holding their Lens and Camera Demo Day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. At the event, held at the Sacramento Zoo, you’ll get to try out cameras, lenses and accessories from several different manufacturers. [...]

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