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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.

Experience your experiences

On May 22 I photographed former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop for his wife Hillary at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Stockton. About 700 people were jammed into the center’s exhibition hall. I shot the event from with the rest of the media from a press riser at the back of the room and [...]

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What’s inside

When I was a young community college photo student I disassembled a 200mm lens. Several weeks earlier a fellow student did it to one of his lenses after he fell and dunked it into the water during a week-long field trip to Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. Sand and salt water are the two [...]

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Day of the flag

The U.S. Flag’s official title is the “Flag of the United States of America” but we know it by many other nicknames: the American Flag, the Stars and Stripes, Red, White and Blue, the Star Spangled Banner and Old Glory. It is the symbol of our nation and we fly on many occasions. The most obvious [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Be ever so humble…

“…No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from I cannot forget the people who love me Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town And people let me be just what I want to be…” – Small Town by John Mellencamp Most people have fond memories of where they grew [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #18: Big leaf, little leaf

11/9/2012: A fallen sycamore leaf lays in some ivy near Knoles Hall on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

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Outtakes: The merry, merry month of May

May brought a pig on a leash, kids in some mud, a former president and a baseball championship. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from the 5th month of the year. ____________________________________________  5/8/2016:  ____________________________________________  5/15/2016: ____________________________________________  5/21/2016: ____________________________________________  5/23/2016: ____________________________________________  5/24/2016: ____________________________________________  5/30/2016: ____________________________________________ 5/31/2016:    

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Beat the heat on the cheap

Summer has started early this year with a week-long heat wave with temperatures in the 100-degree range. In the old days one could run through lawn sprinklers, set up a slip-n-slide in the front yard or just play with a garden hose to cool off. However, with drought–induced water restrictions in place those options are [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #17: Blue bird of…

4/9/2011: A western bluebird rests in a tree near the south shore of Camanche Lake near Burson.

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Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Random Photo #62: A California summer?

Sacramento-based saxophonist Shawn Raiford performs in the kickoff concert to the 2016 Stockton Summer Jazz Festival series as storm clouds approach McLeod Lake Park in downtown Stockton.

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