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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: Sky high

The sky’s the limit for the newest Readers Photo Challenge because the subject for the assignment is literally the sky. This time of year is the perfect time to get photos of the sky. One can almost call it the “sky season.” With the ending of daylight savings time and the turning of our clocks [...]

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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

LEFT: 102-year-old WWII Marine veteran Bill White, left, and Iraq War veteran Maria Estrada post the flag at the Veterans Day observance at the Bob Hope Theater in downtown Stockton. TOP RIGHT: 94-year-old WWII and Korean War Marine veteran Ted “Gunny” Salisbury attends the Veterans Day observance at the Bob Hope Theater. UPPER MIDDLE RIGHT: Vietnam [...]

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Cloudy skies

TOP: Clouds move in fill the skies over Lodi Lake in Lodi. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies for the next few days with the possibility of rain on Monday. BOTTOM LEFT: The leaves of a vine on an arbor turn yellow against cloudy skies at Lodi Lake. BOTTOM RIGHT: Kyle Loock of Lodi [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is an open one, meaning the subject was up to each photographer to choose on their own. Entries ran the gamut of possibilities. Most sent in pictures of the natural world while others tried their hand at portraits, pets and even sports. Seventy-five photos were sent in by 14 [...]

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Outtakes: Images of October

“October proved a riot a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween.” – Keith Donohue October is the heart of fall and with its passing Autumn starts it’s slide into winter. Here are 10 of my favorite images from the month. ______________________________________ 10/1/17: ______________________________________ 10/6/17: ______________________________________ 10/7/17: ______________________________________ 10/8/17: ______________________________________ [...]

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Getting the most out a situation

A few weeks ago I drove out to Santa Cruz to bring my son home for a weekend visit from college. I got there about 45 minutes before he got out of his last class of the day at 5:00 p.m., so I decided to kill a little time. I drove down to the West [...]

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The great last-minute pumpkin hunt

TOP:  Brittany Wait and her 4-year-old daughter Zariah look for a last minute pumpkin at the Phillips Farms pumpkin patch on Highway 12 near I-5 in Lodi.  BOTTOM LEFT: A variety of pumpkins for sale at the Phillips Farms pumpkin patch.  BOTTOM RIGHT: Three-year-old Andrew Seed, left, and his 4-year-old sister Olivia Seed pose for [...]

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Girls Masters golf

TOP: St. Mary’s Vanessa Perez blasts out a sand trap during the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Golf Tournament at the reserve at Spanos Parkin Stockton. BOTTOM LEFT: St. Mary’s Ellon Madill hits from the 1st tee during the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Golf Tournament at the reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lincoln’s [...]

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Safe Trick or Treat at UOP

TOP LEFT: Ten-month-old Alondra Merritt is dressed as a pineapple at the 18th annual Safe Trick or Treat event at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. TOP CENTER-LEFT: Five-year-old Solida Pen-Meach dressed as an space alien. TOP CENTER-RIGHT: Eight-year-old Year Juarez dressed as artist Frida Kahlo. TOP RIGHT: Six-year-old, Julian Rodriguez wears a Curious [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Wide open

Most of the challenge assignments are of a single subject. Sometimes its something that I think might interesting, other times it may be about some technique that I think may be worth trying out. This assignment, however, will be an open one, meaning the subject is what ever you want it to be. Sometimes I’ll [...]

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