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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.

As good as gold

For a few weeks every February photographers from all over gather to view Horsetail Fall off to the side of El Capitan at sunset. The falling waters catch rays of light of the so-called golden hour turning them into a cascade of what can look like liquid fire spilling over the fall. Ask any number [...]

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Random photo #32: Clouds from above; rain from below

Partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures didn’t deter 6-year-old Emiliano Guerrero from playing in the interactive water feature at Micke Grove Park in Lodi.

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June’s swoon

“It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.” – Nathaniel Parker Willis Sorry, but I’m a little late in posting last month’s outtakes. So without any further ado, here’s a belated look back at 10 favorite previously unposted photos from [...]

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The devil is in the details

When I was a young photo student my instructors told me that there were always pictures within pictures. They would show a student’s photo of an overall scene as an example and then, using their hands, crop into a tighter portion to show how the student missed the show by not getting close enough. Many [...]

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E-ticket ride

In March, I went on a media tour of the then newly opened DTE biomass power plant at the Port of Stockton. The facility burns wood waste collected from around the region to heat water, which in turn makes steam to turn a generator to produce electricity. One of the more interesting things at the [...]

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Random photo #31: Teed off

Miguel Dominguez of Stockton practices his golf swing against a colorful sunset at the driving range at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

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All-American city

Small town events may seem hokey or at best quaint to some, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them. I grew up in the tiny Delta town of Walnut Grove. When I was a youngster its population was around 500 give or take a stray dog or two. Every Fourth of [...]

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Random photo #30: Double rainbow

12-year-old Giovanni Hernandez, left, and his 7-year-old brother Michael Hernandez emerge from the Weber Point Even Center water feature through a rainbow while cooling off in downtown Stockton.

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Random photo #29: Bicycle built for…

BMX rider Ricky Mosely performs a stunt during a BMX show at the San Joaquin County Family Fair at the fairgrounds in Stockton.

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Golden years

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.” – Horace Mann Back in the 1980s when I was a photo student at Sacramento City College (SCC) I became good friends with fellow student Randy Allen. He went on [...]

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