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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.

Coming through with flying colors

Color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment but not just your garden-variety everyday color. Readers were tasked to use color as a part of the composition or as the main subject of the photographs entered. From bright color comprising most of the photo to just accents, color is an essential part [...]

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Random photo #44: Green gathering

Under cloudy skies Deborah Brock of Stockton collects greens from some wild mustard growing near Buckley Cove at the west end of March Lane in Stockton

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Memories saved

On Feb. 19, 1986, a levee in the Delta broke letting the waters of the Mokelumne River inundate Tyler Island. The tiny town of Walnut Grove where my parents lived was threatened as the flood waters crept up from the southern portion of the island to the more populated north. The residents were ordered to [...]

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Outtakes: February faves

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” – William C. Bryant From superheroes to super sports to super skies February shared a lot of photographic love. Here are 10 favorite previously unposted photos from the month. ____________________________________________________________ 2/6/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/8/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/11/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/15/2015: ____________________________________________________________ 2/21/2015: ____________________________________________________________ [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: True colors

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “color.” We all see in color so taking pictures in color would seem no big deal. But we’re not talking about your garden variety color image. There are times when it doesn’t matter whether a photo is in black or white or in color but sometimes a picture [...]

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Random photo # 43: Clouds and kites

Allen Lee of Stockton enjoys the mild temperatures and partly cloudy skies by launching a kite during a family outing at the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: This land is your land

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is landscape photography. There are several types of pictures that you can take of the natural world. Close-ups can capture the small realm of flowers and insects. Wildlife photography records the beauty of animals. Landscapes capture the grandeur of the great outdoors. Fourteen readers sent in [...]

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It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer

The World Press Photo contest recently announced the winning pictures from 2014. These are considered some of the best images in the world. By and large they were all taken with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, which are the tools of choice for the photojournalist. The Spanish photo website Quesabesde analyzed the EXIF data [...]

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Put your left hand in…

“I admit it, you are better than I am.” “Then why are you smiling?” “Because I know something you don’t know.” “And what is that?” “I am not left-handed.” – An exchange between Indigo Montoya and the Man in Black from “The Princess Bride” In photography there are very few absolutes. Rarely is there an [...]

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January Outtakes: 2015 out of the gate

2015 has had a roaring start. Basketball season was in full swing and the weather, while dry, had its mix of cold and warm days. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from January. _______________________________________ 1/2/2015: _______________________________________ 1/8/2015: _______________________________________ 1/13/2015: _______________________________________ 1/14/2015: _______________________________________ 1/19/2015: _______________________________________ 1/21/2015: _______________________________________ 1/22/2015: _______________________________________ 1/26/2015: _______________________________________ 1/28/2015:

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