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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.

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Dew drop in

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is all wet, specifically, the subject is water drops. Now you may think summer is the wrong time for water drops and you may have a point. True, California is usually bone dry this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find or create images of water […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Orange is the new black

The latest Readers Photo Challenge subject was the color orange. It’s a color that ranges from tabby cats to butterflies to sunsets. Many readers took advantage of the thick smoke that filled the valley from numerous area wildfires that turned the sun and skies to a hazy orange hue. 21 readers sent in a total […]

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Calculation, anticipation, execution

You may wonder how photographers get those great sports action shots. It may be of a wide receiver catching the ball in mid-air or a perfectly timed header in soccer or a dramatic drive to the hoop in basketball. There are 3 main things that good sports photographers work on to hone their craft. Calculation, […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The happiest color

“Orange is the happiest color.” – Frank Sinatra The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is the color orange. According to mymodernmet.com, the color didn’t have a name before the 16th century in Europe. It was referred as yellow-red or sometimes saffron, which has more of a yellow hue. It wasn’t until Portuguese traders […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt

Readers Photo Challenge: Beyond a shadow of a doubt “Shadows” was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Although a shadow is intangible and has no weight or substance in and of itself, optically it can carry a lot of heft in a photo and can make a bold visual statement. Seventeen readers sent […]

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What if?

The question “what if?” is often used to refer to things or events that are hypothetical. It could be as simple as: “what if I turned right instead of left?” Or it could be more philosophical: “what if you could go back in time and keep your parents from ever meeting (then how could you […]

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Fourth time’s the charm

A few weeks ago I decided to get some photos of the comet NEOWISE that just passed through our solar system. It was literally a once-in-a-lifetime event because it won’t return for 6,800 years. I read up on the comet. It was found by the telescope Near Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) which […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The shadow knows

“Who knows what creativity lurks in the hearts of men. The Shadow knows.” – paraphrased from the 1930s “The Shadow” radio drama. “Shadows” is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Shadows are intangible and lack physical substance but can make bold visual statements nonetheless. Shadows are pretty easy to shoot. No special […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Raise a glass

The subject for the June/July Readers Photo Challenge was “glass.” The difficulties for the assignment were twofold. First, photographing glass one has to deal with it’s physical qualities. Glass is often transparent so properly dealing with the background very important. It’s also shiny and one has to also look to eliminate unwanted reflections or incorporate […]

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Working within the limits

I had a photo instructor who had a theory that stated, given 2 students of equal talent and experience, and one would get unlimited resources of film and equipment while the other would only receive a single camera and lens and just one roll of film, the one with the most limitations would most likely […]

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