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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.

Good moon rising

On January 31 the country was witness to a rare celestial event and I was determined to photograph it. A so-called “super blue blood moon” occurred in the wee hours of the morning of the month’s last day. The event was a heavenly hat trick of sorts. First, it was a “supermoon.” That’s when a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Into the blue

Blue is a primary color along with red and yellow upon which all other colors are based and it’s the subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge. Blue is the color of the sky and sea (though technically the sea’s color is reflected from the sky). There are bluebirds, blueberries and bluebell flowers. Blue is [...]

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Outtakes January: 2018’s first days

“Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.” Marianne Williamson January is over and, so far it’s been a productive beginning to the year. Here are 10 of my favorites from the month. ______________________________________ 1/10/18: Juliana Browning, left, pushes her 10-year-old daughter Alyssa Browning on her skates, center, who in [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Rockin’ the house

Readers who sent in photos for the latest Photo Challenge assignment had rocks on their brains, but that was a good thing. Some sent in rocks where they lay, others strategically placed them in their compositions. There were painted and/or decorated rocks while others shot rocks in their natural, undecorated state. There were photos of [...]

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What it takes

When I was a photo student some of my classmates were extremely talented. Some of them, like me, went on to careers in photography, others never picked up a camera again. For me I can’t think of a better job. Its challenging, yet fun and creative . It’s been over 30 years since those days [...]

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Random photo # 75: Night rain in Lodi

The Lodi Arch is reflected in a puddle left by a rain that soaked the ground at Pine and Sacramento streets in downtown Lodi.

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Learning light

I recently visited my old alma mater Sacramento City Photo department. About a year ago they completed a new facility that’s completely different from what I knew when I took photo classes decades ago. Instructor Paul Estabrook (who himself is also a graduate of the program) gave me the 5-cent tour. There was a large [...]

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Outtakes: The last from 2017

Due to deadline constraints, both my slideshow of my top 52 photos of last year and my Top 12 list had to be done before the end of the year. I finished them in early December which still left a few weeks left in the year. So here are my top 10 photos from the [...]

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Throwback Thursday: The first MLK Day

(1/20/86) Eight-year-old Dewayne Jackson of Stockton watches a tree-planting ceremony at Emmaunel Baptist Church in Stockton during a ceremony in the memory of slain civil rights leader the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Rock the house

The first Readers Challenge Photo assignment will give you an opportunity to rock the house because the subject is “rocks”. In the animated TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” the characters go trick or treating during Halloween. Each child would excitedly proclaim the kind of candy they got after every stop except for [...]

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