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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.

Jazzed

The University of the Pacific’s 2014-2015 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has been named the best undergraduate college small jazz combos in DownBeat magazine’s 39th annual Student Music Awards. In addition, the group’s vibraphonist Joel Ross was named best Soloist in Undergraduate College Outstanding Performances and drummer Jalon Archie was named best Jazz Soloist, Undergraduate College [...]

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All that Jazz

Photography, especially news photography is a lot like Jazz. There is a formula to Jazz. Basically, it contains a theme and musicians improvise around that theme. In news photography we often have to cover events that we’ve covered before. Like the improvisation in Jazz, photojournalists look for new ways to photograph whatever the event is. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Spring has sprung

“Spring” is the theme of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment and judging from the response spring has indeed sprung. Twenty-one readers sent in a whopping 134 photos. Most dealt with the growth that springtime brings. Flowers, both wild and homegrown, were a common subject. It’s also the season for the rebirth of living things, [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #13: Hillside steer

7/31/2011: A steer grazes on a hillside along Highway 26 and Paloma Road near Mokelumne Hill.

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A cameraman’s man-camera

  I’m a DSLR guy, after all it’s what I make my living with. But they’re not for everyone as this humorous video from Sony Thailand shows.

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Born to be wild(flowers)

Spring is the season of wildflowers and the El Nino rains that we’ve gotten seem to have caused an explosion in the growth of wildflowers. There are reports of a “super bloom” in the usually barren Death Valley. A few weeks ago reader Pete Silva of Jackson sent me pictures a of beautiful poppies growing [...]

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Mother Nature Monday: #12: Redbud pod

3/8/2013: A seed pod hangs off of a branch on a western redbud tree at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

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Outtakes: The march of time

Time marches on and March has come and gone. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from 2016’s 3rd month .______________________________________________ 3/3/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/11/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/12/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/16/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/18/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/19/2016: _____________________________________________ 3/20/2016: ______________________________________________ 3/29/2016:

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Fly like an eagle?

One cold February afternoon I stopped by the Phil and Marilyn Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve off of Woodbridge Road west of I-5 and Lodi looking for a weather photo and perhaps to get some shots of the elegant and stately birds that winter in the reserve. When I got there was a single person peering [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #11: Unborrowing owl

5/2/2014: A burrowing owl sits atop a fence pole along Ruggles Frontage Road and Arch Airport Road at the Stockto Metropolitan Airport in Stockton.

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