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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.

You know you’re getting old when…

On July 31 something happened that only occurs once in a blue moon: a blue moon. The moon doesn’t actually appear blue but the term refers to a full moon that occurs twice in a single month. It’s a fairly rare event happening roughly only once every 2½ years. The first full moon of the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: On holiday

The assignment for the current Readers Photo Challenge was to send in your best photos of your summer vacation. From weekend getaways to extended vacations everyone can use some time off to rest, relax and recharge their batteries. Some of us travel to distant lands while others go no further than a day trip. Whether [...]

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Dog Day afternoon

Today is National Dog Day. Dogs are some of the most loyal of pets. We not only consider them as our pets but as our companions, confidants and even a part of our families. They are our working partners as well. We employ them in law enforcement, search and rescue and as service animals. It’s [...]

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Designated driver

You must save a lot of money at this low-budget funeral parlor. But it looks like the downside is you have to drive yourself to your own funeral.  

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Happy World Photo Day!

Imagine a world without pictures. It would be a pretty dull place without the art, entertainment and information that photography brings us. Photographic images are a mainstay of newspapers, magazines, advertisements and, of course, the Internet. Hardly a minute of the day goes by where we don’t encounter a picture in one form or another. [...]

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(Wild)life of the party

While on our recent family vacation to San Diego my son and I were walking the beach of La Jolla Cove when we heard a lifeguard say over a loudspeaker: “Please do not harass the sea lions. Please back away from them.” A small pod of the ocean mammals relaxed at the far end of [...]

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Random photo #52: ‘Round and ’round we go

Children climb the spiral ramp from Scotts Street to the Center Street overpass as they wait for a free school backpack giveaway at the Emergency Food Bank in Stockton.

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July outtakes

“I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Yankee Doodle, do or die. A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam Born on the Fourth of July.” -  Yankee Doodle Boy by George M. Cohan July was hot, hot, hot! We had several days of triple digit sun-soaked heat. I spents a lot of my time looking for [...]

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Too close for comfort

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “if your pictures aren’t good enough, it means that you’re not close enough.” One of the biggest picture-taking mistakes that people make is that they’re too far away. But occasionally there are times when you can get a little too close for comfort. My family and I traveled [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: What you did on your summer vacation

For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme. Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. [...]

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