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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.

Season of lights

The start of the holiday season is just a week a way and with it comes the season of lights. The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is Christmas lights. While it might seem a bit early (Christmas is still several weeks away) there are already holiday commercials playing on television and some stores have put [...]

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Grace from fall

If spring is the season of rebirth then fall is the harbinger of the year’s finale. But rather than going quietly into the night fall gives us a last visual cacophony before surrendering to colorlessness of old man winter. Fall colors, more specifically, fall leaves, is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. [...]

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October outtakes 2014

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” – Hal Borland Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from October. ________________________________________ 10/1/14: ________________________________________ 10/2/14: ________________________________________ 10/3/14: ________________________________________ 10/6/14: ________________________________________ [...]

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More fall

There’s just a couple of days left for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall color. Leaves on trees everywhere near and far are now changing with the season so finding a subject should be easy to find. ________________________________________________ Here are the rules: 1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Fall Color” in [...]

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All in the family

Now is the time of year that many people start to think about taking family portraits. They want photos to send as Christmas cards or with seasonal newsletters to their family and friends during the holidays. Some might have their picture taken by a professional photographer while others may them with their own cameras. If [...]

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Random photo #38: Royal ride

Dressed as a princess 2-year-old Mia Leon rides the carousel at the Pixie Woods Halloween party in Stockton. Children under 12 wearing a costume received free admission to the event.

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Color my (fall) world

Fall color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. New England is famed for the fall color of its forests, and rightly so. But if the East Coast isn’t included in your travel plans there are places much closer to home to photograph the changing of the seasons. The June Lake Loop [...]

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Random photo #37: Upon reflection

An egret is reflected as it rests on a partially submerged log in the waters of Smith Canal in Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: Good sports

Sports photography is hard. The first thing one has to do is to master timing. Knowing when to press the shutter button is no minor thing and, like the sports themselves, takes practice, practice, practice to learn. All that is hard enough, but on top of that one also has to consider other sound photographic [...]

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Levels

In sports there are varying levels of skill that more or less increase by age. Our children start out in recreation youth leagues in sports such as soccer, football or baseball. As they get older and more adept they move to “select” or “comp” leagues where they can play on club teams where the competition [...]

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