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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.

I need a vacation

Summer has pretty much come to an end and a school has started up again and. Our vacations are now just memories and all we have left are the photos we took on our travels. The subject of the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is vacation/travel. This will be sort of the photographic version of [...]

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Fond of fronds

Give a photographer nothing to do and what happens? He takes pictures, of course! I arrived a bit early to an assignment to photograph former St. Mary’s football standout Devin Lagorio at St. Mary’s Sanguinetti Field in Stockton. He played and coached semi-pro ball in Slovenia over the summer after graduating from Pacific College. As I [...]

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True blue

The blue hour, the time of twilight just after sunset and right before dusk when the sky turns a deep saturated blue, is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. It’s that depth of color that makes photos taken at this hour so appealing. There are challenges to photographing at this time chief [...]

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Being blue

The response to the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, the blue hour, has been a bit slow. OK, it’s been very slow. Only 2 readers have sent in valid entries so far. Areas with warm neon or incandescent lights can prove to be a great counterpoint to the cold blueness of the hour. Janet Leigh [...]

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Just a bit of blue

Here’s an example of a more subtle use of the blue hour. On Saturday my family and I attended the Sacramento Buddhist Church’s annual food and cultural bazaar. It was evening, around 8:30 p.m., when we decided to leave after buying our fill of teriyaki chicken. A large tent covered the main eating area, as [...]

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Random photo #33: Sunset days

A jet skier crusies down the San Joaquin River as the setting sun turns into a glowing orange orb when it nears the horizon beyond the Stockton Regional Wastewater Control Facility’s wetlands on Roberts Island east of Stockton.

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Out of the unclear blue sky

Here’s an example of what the blue hour can do for your photographs. Just this past weekend my family and I took a mini vacation to San Diego. A light summer rain had fallen earlier in the day, and in the evening we went to dinner at the Old Town Mexican Café in the historic [...]

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True blue

The last Readers Photo Challenge assignment explored the time of day know as the golden hour. This month’s challenge is what’s known as the “blue hour.” Like the golden hour, the blue hour occurs twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. Unlike the golden hour, it happens about an hour [...]

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Knee-high by the Fourth of July: Outtakes

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July.” – Francis Thompson With the closing of July, we are just past the middle of summer. A bit more of it behind us as there is ahead of us (at least in California), with a couple of more hot weather months [...]

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Gold again

All the great entries that were sent in for the last Readers Photo Challenge assignment, the golden hour, inspired me to head out and do some shooting during that magic time of day. Lindsay Street between Harrison and Edison Streets near the Stockton Ballpark in downtown Stockton isn’t what you might call the prettiest place [...]

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