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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.

Seeing in black and white

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment issued last week is black and white. Many of today’s digital cameras have a setting to make them shoot in a colorless mode, German camera manufacturer even has a digital model that shoots black and white exclusively. There are free apps that you can get for your cellphone for [...]

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Outtakes: March madness

March marked the end of the prep basketball season with the playoffs. Many teams suffered the March sadness of defeat while a select few enjoyed the March gladness of victory. Here are 10 of my favorite unposted photos from 2015’s 3rd month. ______________________________________________ 3/1/15: ______________________________________________ 3/2/15: ______________________________________________ 3/4/15: ______________________________________________ 3/10/15: ______________________________________________ 3/11/15: ______________________________________________ 3/17/15: ______________________________________________ [...]

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As clear as black and white

  While the previous Readers Photo Challenge was all about color, the new assignment is about the lack of it. In the beginning of photography technology limited things to one choice: black and white. Great art was born out of this single choice. Photographic legends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier Bresson took the medium to [...]

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Coming through with flying colors

Color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment but not just your garden-variety everyday color. Readers were tasked to use color as a part of the composition or as the main subject of the photographs entered. From bright color comprising most of the photo to just accents, color is an essential part [...]

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Random photo #44: Green gathering

Under cloudy skies Deborah Brock of Stockton collects greens from some wild mustard growing near Buckley Cove at the west end of March Lane in Stockton

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Memories saved

On Feb. 19, 1986, a levee in the Delta broke letting the waters of the Mokelumne River inundate Tyler Island. The tiny town of Walnut Grove where my parents lived was threatened as the flood waters crept up from the southern portion of the island to the more populated north. The residents were ordered to [...]

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Outtakes: February faves

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” – William C. Bryant From superheroes to super sports to super skies February shared a lot of photographic love. Here are 10 favorite previously unposted photos from the month. ____________________________________________________________ 2/6/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/8/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/11/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/15/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/21/2015: ____________________________________________________________ [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: True colors

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “color.” We all see in color so taking pictures in color would seem no big deal. But we’re not talking about your garden variety color image. There are times when it doesn’t matter whether a photo is in black or white or in color but sometimes a picture [...]

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Random photo # 43: Clouds and kites

Allen Lee of Stockton enjoys the mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies by launching a kite during a family outing at the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: This land is your land

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is landscape photography. There are several types of pictures that you can take of the natural world. Close-ups can capture the small realm of flowers and insects. Wildlife photography records the beauty of animals. Landscapes capture the grandeur of the great outdoors. Fourteen readers sent in [...]

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