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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.

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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Random photo #42: Catchin’ some clouds

Under a canopy of clouds Garrett Gaige, 16, of Stockton catches some air while riding his skateboard at the skate park at the Generations Center in Lathrop.

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Omission inclusion

The rules to the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment were inadvertently left off of the print version of my column on Thursday (They’ll be published in the Record on Saturday on page B2). Here they are for those of you who may have missed them. Let your friends and neighbors who might be interested that [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Lay of the land

Very few places in world have such varied scenery as does America. From the Sonoran deserts of the southwest to the sweeping plains of the Midwest to Rocky Mountains to New England’s fall forests and of course Yosemite and the Sierras of California, there are very few places in the world that can match the [...]

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Random photo #41: True California dreamin’

University of the Pacific student Tyler Sutherland takes advantage of the sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s by sunbathing as other students play a game of ultimate frisbee on Knoles Lawn on the UOP campus in Stockton. Sutherland who hails from Washington state says it been rainy back home.

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open to all

My photo instructor Dick Fleming once hypothetically posited that given two photo students, one with unlimited resources (film, access to any piece of equipment, time, etc.), the other with limited means (1 camera & lens, only a few frames of film), the student with only a few choices would do a better job on the [...]

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