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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 # 36: Smoke gets in your skies

The setting sun tries to shine through smoke stained skies from the King Fire in Eldorado County over a stand of trees in Tracy.

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Random photo #35: Float like a butterfly

A butterfly rests on a wild sunflower growing along Highway 4 near Roberts Road in Stockton.

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Readers Challenge assignment: On holiday

Nearly everyone takes pictures while on vacation. Some record the places that they’ve been to; others show themselves in those locations. To me the best travel photos go beyond the simple snapshot. They capture the flavor and the beauty of lands and sights of their adventures and the people that live and/or visit there. This [...]

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Get a job

Recently the PexaPixel Website posted a story on which cities were the best to be a working photographer. Their criteria were cost of living, annual salary, photographer job openings and the number of working photographers in the city. Jersey City, New Jersey, tops the list. Never having been to Jersey, I can’t say if it’s [...]

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Random photo #34: Full circle

Construction worker Fernando Mendoza with the Concord-based Conco is caught up un the concentric rings of a 58-ft-long rebar support structure for a freeway column as he works to assemble it for the west extension of the Crosstown Freeway in the Boggs Tract area of Stockton

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Richard Kiel: RIP

Actor Richard Kiel, best known for portraying the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two of the Roger Moore-era Bond films, died on September 10 at the age of 74. I photographed him in 2012 during his appearance at MiniCon at UOP’s Spanos Center. At 7-ft, 2-inches tall he was an imposing figure but genuinely seemed like [...]

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The mug shot seen ’round the world

A lot has been said about 30-year-old Jeremy Meeks, a convicted felon who was arrested June 18 during an Operation Peacekeeper sweep. But the talk wasn’t about his alleged crime, the possession of an unregistered, loaded handgun (according to police), which is a parole violation, but rather the mug shot that the police took of [...]

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Would like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

Last Sunday I covered the Color the Skies hot air balloon festival at the Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon. It brought back memories of when I was a young photo student in college and some friends and I went to the Great Reno Balloon Race in Nevada. We drove through the wee hours of the [...]

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August outtakes

“August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.” – Henry Rollins Summer is on its way out and fall is around the corner. Here are 10 favorite outtakes from August 2014. __________________________________________ 8/15/14: __________________________________________ 8/20/14: __________________________________________ 8/21/14: __________________________________________ 8/22/14: __________________________________________ 8/23/14:   __________________________________________ [...]

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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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