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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.

What to do after the unboxing

It’s the new year and you may have gotten an DSLR camera as a Christmas gift or went out an bought one for yourself as part of a New Year’s resolution. Now what are you going to do? If it’s your first DSLR, you probably got the camera because you’re upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera […]

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December in review: One last look back

“I was looking back to see, if you were looking back to see,If I was looking back to see, if you were looking back at me.” – Buck Owens/Susan Raye The end of December brings not only the end of 2019 but the close of the 2010s as a decade. As it turns out, I […]

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The 2010s: A decade in photos

The end of 2019 not only marks the end of a decade but it also caps the time that I have been producing my yearend slideshows. I started doing them in 2010. Each time, I picked 52 of my favorite photos of the year and set them to music for a 3 to 4 minute […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Shooting from 3-point range

The first photo challenge assignment of 2020 is going to be a little different than what we’ve done before. It isn’t a specific thing, instead it’s a number: the number three. One way is to photograph the actual number on a sign or billboard. There are plenty of signs on buildings or road signs where […]

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2019: A year in pictures

Here’s a slideshow of 52 of my favorite photos from 2019. I’ve been producing these yearend shows since 2010. They’ve always been in the 3 – 4 minute range which tends to be optimal for a slideshow. Any longer and people tend to get bored and move on to something else.  In that first year […]

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2019’s Top 12

2019 is coming to a close and it’s a time for reflection. I’ve produced a slideshow of 52 of my favorite photos from the year (which you can view here). You may ask “why 52?” Well, there are 52 cards in a deck and 52 weeks in a year. In other words, it’s just an […]

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November in review

“The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.” – Henry Rollins Here are my top 10 from November. __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________

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Readers Photo Challenge: Fine feathered friends

Birds are popular subjects for photographers. First, they can be found everywhere, from out in nature to urban cityscapes to to one’s backyard. Secondly, they are graceful creatures. Whether perched on a branch or in flight they are beautiful sights to behold. Lastly, given the skittish nature of many birds, it can be challenging to […]

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To infinity and beyond!

Last month I wrote about the Library of Congress’s Digital Collections where anyone can browse and download any images from the collection for free. Now there is another great online asset that one can find some great and/or historic images. The NASA Image and Video Library has made available the thousands of pictures, artist renderings […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Bird watching

There’s an old photograph phrase of “watch the birdie!” Well, for the newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment you will literally be watching birdies because the subject is birds. From backyard sparrows to turkey vultures soaring over the countryside to a hawk sitting on a telephone phone along the road to a robin perched in a […]

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