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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.

Readers Photo Challenge: Green lighted

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge of green has been most appropriate. Green is the color of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day was just last week. As you might suspect most had something to do with things that grow. Some used green as the main subject while for others it was just a [...]

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Patience is a (photographic) virtue

What’s the most important skill needed to be a wildlife photographer? Is it having a telephoto lens? Certainly, being able to get as close as you can without scaring away critters is right up there but not the most crucial. Having the knowledge of the habits of the various animals is also significant. Predicting when [...]

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February outtakes

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” – William C. Bryant February was hopefully the last of the rainy months and boy, did we get a lot of precipitation. Here’s a look back at my top 10 favorite previously unposted photos from the month. ______________________________________ 2/4/2017: ______________________________________ [...]

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Don’t be fooled

Many people have experienced this scenario: They’re photographing something like a concert, play or graduation and the main subject is extremely overexposed to the point of glowing like the sun. What happened? The camera’s default position is to read the overall amount of light of a scene. Quite often the aforementioned scenes will have a [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Easy being green

In March of 2015 the Readers Photo Challenge assignment was “color” in which any or all colors were acceptable. The current assignment picks a specific color, that color being green. There are a couple of ways you can approach shooting a color. The most obvious is to photograph a scene of subject that is all [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: High water marks

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “water” as very timely one. During the past 4 years of one of the state’s worst droughts a common saying was “ we need the rain” whenever a rare storm would hit. I think we can stop saying that for a while now. We have been beset upon [...]

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Oh, say can you sing?

After a very contentious election season I found my faith in America at least momentarily restored while covering a girls varsity basketball game a few weeks ago. East Union played their crosstown rivals Manteca at Manteca’s Winter Gym. I had gotten to the game a bit early and was waiting for the warm ups to [...]

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Outtakes: One down, eleven to go

The month of January symbolizes new beginnings and perhaps an indication of the direction of things to come. My photos were a mixed bag of a little bit of everything: sports, features and news. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from 2017’s inaugural month. ______________________________________ 1/5/2017: ______________________________________ 1/6/2017: ______________________________________ 1/9/2017: ______________________________________ 1/10/2017: [...]

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Remebering Picasso

I first met Bobby Muñoz of Stockton and his English bulldog Picasso in 2013 as they were walking along the promenade at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. When I say ”they were walking” I mean Muñoz was walking while Picasso was riding a skateboard, yes a skateboard. Now, that’s not something you [...]

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Random Photo #71: Catching some air

With a backdrop of cloudy skies Peter Gutierrez of Manteca performs a trick on his skateboard at the skate park at the Lathrop Generations Center in Lathrop.

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