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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.

Random photo #50: Big wheel keep on turning

People wait to ride the ferris wheel at the Johnston Amusements carnival at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.

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Waste not, want not II

A few weeks ago I covered the announcement of an at-risk youth school run by the National Guard, called the Youth ChalleNGe program. The Guard plans to convert vacant buildings at the Sharp Army Depot in Lathrop. California Army National Guard Brigadier Gen. James Garbielli led a small group of dignitaries and media on a [...]

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Bright lights, city nights

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” Most of us live in cities or towns and while we don’t often consciously think about it, we deal with architecture every day. To find the beauty in the urban landscape one has to see the forest for the trees. Too often we’re busy with going about [...]

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May outtakes

May marked the end of spring and harbinger of summer. Here are my 10 favorite previously unposted photos from May. ______________________________________ 5/6/15: ______________________________________ 5/8/15: ______________________________________ 5/12/15: ______________________________________ 5/13/15: ______________________________________ 5/18/15: ______________________________________ 5/20/15: ______________________________________ 5/21/15: ______________________________________ 5/22/15:

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Close calls

A few weeks ago I photographed a Sac-Joaquin Section baseball Division I South elimination game between Tracy High and Beyer High at UOP’s Klein Family Field in Stockton. One play in particular stands out for me because I managed to catch an error, not by a short stop or a left fielder, but by the [...]

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Waste not, want not

Sometimes there you can encounter some beautiful light but because of positioning or other reasons, you can’t always use it for your specific job, but that doesn’t mean that it always has to go to waste. I recently had an assignment to photograph the Reconnect program in Stockton. Operated by the Probation department and the [...]

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Random photo #49: Just another bike ride

Raymond Mendoza, 20, rides his extra tall bike near his home on Sonora Street near San Joaquin Street in Stockton. The bike is about as tall as Mendoza who says he’s stands at about 5-feet, 6 inches. He estimates that he’s around 8 feet tall when he rides it. Mendoza says he’s had the bike [...]

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Blast from the past: Retrograde progress

In 2007 I wrote a blog post about remembering a photo that I took in the late 1980s. It was of an adult couple having a pizza lunch by themselves on the playground equipment at Beckman Park in Lodi. It was one of those structures that had a spiral slide, a tube slide, a pole [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out on the town

“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” – Herb Caen This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” The challenge is similar to the architecture assignment issued in October of 2013 and there can be some overlap in subject [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Celebrating the ordinary

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is to find the extraordinary in ordinary objects or scenes. It takes more than just taking an everyday object and photographing it. One needs to look with a discerning eye to find the beauty and nobility of it through lighting, composition, and/or detail. That’s what the best photographers did [...]

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