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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.

“Here I come to save the day!”

“When criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear and frighten all who see or hear the cry goes up both far and near…” – Underdog theme song by W. Watts Biggers, Treadwell D. Covington, Joseph B. Harris and Chester A. Stover Today is National Superhero Day. Back in my [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: The power of flowers

Winter and spring rains brought April flowers in abundance and helped to make the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of Flowers a success. Everyone sent in pictures of great flowers, but this is a photography column, not a flower column, after all. The best photos transcended the beauty of their subjects. They showed that it’s [...]

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Lighting design

There was a peculiarity to light shining on the exterior of the Lincoln Memorial. Overall it’s well lit except at the center where there is a falloff in illumination. There seems to be lights on either side of the monument to light up the ends but they don’t overlap much at the center leaving a [...]

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My kingdom for a horse.

As I’ve stated previously, it seems that there’s a statue of a guy on a horse nearly everywhere you go in Washington D.C. Not true, of course, but there are a lot of them. According to dcmemorials.com there are 29 equestrian statues in the D.C. area (28 men and 1 woman – Joan of Arc). [...]

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Library of Congress

I briefly mentioned the Library of Congress earlier. It was one of the most impressive places that we visited in Washington D.C. I have to admit that before out trip all I knew about the Library of Congress is what I saw in the movie National Treasure II, where the film’s heroes go running through [...]

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Four days in Washington D.C.

Last month I took an all too short family vacation to Washington D.C. It was our first time to visit the city, which gave me an opportunity to put into practice some travel photography techniques. There is so much to see in our nation’s Capitol, where it seems that there’s a statue of a guy [...]

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Go take a (wildflower) hike

Here’s an opportunity for those of you looking for a place to find wildflowers to photograph. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EMBUD) will be holding its Longest Mile Wildflower Hike near Valley Springs on Saturday. The hike, a 3-mile round trip, runs through a portion of the Coast to Crest Trail, situated along the Mokelumne [...]

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Random Photo #72: Opening day

Under approaching storm clouds a sailboat from the Stockton Sailing Club cruises the water of the deep water channel in Stockton on the club’s opening day.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Flowers for the 50th

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge marks the 50th assignment since it’s beginning in April of 2013. In recognition of this fact we will revisit the very first assignment of “flowers.” It’s appropriate that spring is not only the season flowers but of rebirth and renewal as well. With all the winter rains we received flowers, [...]

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Go for broke

Today is National Go For Broke Day. It recognizes the accomplishments of the 422nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, which were comprised of Japanese-American soldiers during WWII. “Go for broke,” meaning to wager everything, was the motto and battle cry of the group. The units fought with courage and distinction and were the [...]

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