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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.

Ordinary street sights

Recently I came across a couple of street scenes where the quality of light made the difference between ho-hum and exceptional. I was walking around downtown Stockton last week looking for an enterprise feature photo when I stopped to cross the street at Sutter Street and Weber Avenue. At my feet was a grate covering [...]

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Flash in the hand

One of the last disciplines that photographers learn to master is how to use a flash properly. Many don’t like how the effects of a flash looks in their photos and quickly give it up for natural lighting. Much of it has to do with how a flash is mounted on the camera. Accessory flashes, [...]

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Experimentation

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” – Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. So you’ve become proficient at a certain technique and you can make consistently good pictures using it, what do you do next? Experiment. We can all become inured to doing the same thing in the same way (even if that method [...]

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Stage lighting on the cheap

Big name singers and many mid level performers can spend a lot of time, effort and money on lighting for their shows. Good light can add drama, beauty and even entertainment to a performance. At best, musical artists of lesser financial means often have to do with perfunctory lighting or none at all. While looking [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out of the ordinary

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” – Jon Bon Jovi May is National Photo Month and in observance of it this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “ordinary objects.” The ability to see the beauty in the mundane is the basis in many [...]

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Random photo #48: Topsy-turvy

Warm temperatures and sunny skies inspired Gerardo Gutierrez, 19, of Lodi, to do handstands at Beckman Park on Ham Lane and Century Boulevard in Lodi.

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April outtakes

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” - Mark Twain April was a mixed bag, photographically speaking. There was a little of something for everyone. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from last month. ________________________________________ 4/11/15: ________________________________________ 4/16/15: ________________________________________ 4/17/15: ________________________________________ [...]

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Random photo #47: Like mother, like son

3-year-old Mahki McNeal washes his toy electric car while his mother Breanna Johnson washes her full-sized real car in the driveway of their home on Benjamin Holt Drive in Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: De-Color my world

“The world is black, the world is white It turns by day and then by night” – David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. This month’s Readers Photo Challenge was “black and white” and I was pleasantly surprised at the response to the assignment. I thought the interest in black and white photography was on the [...]

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Random Photo #46: Hulk fly kite!

Rick Cooper of Stockton tried to take advantage of the nice weather by trying to launch a small kite at Victory Park in Stockton. The day’s winds were unpredictable, changing directions often, and the kite didn’t get more than several feet off the ground.

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