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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: Big city, bright lights

“While the city sleepsMen are dreamingA world enlightened…” – Robert Lamm/Chicago Cityscapes was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Most cities are more than just an assemblages of buildings. They had a feel and personality to them. The best examples sent in reflect this. Twelve readers scenting 65 pictures, Here are some of […]

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Past imperfect

There is a genre of photography that isn’t concerned with what most people would consider traditional beauty, but rather a darker, dingier side of art. Urban decay photography deals with abandoned and rundown buildings and what can be found in their interiors. The people who practice the art aren’t interested in shiny new buildings but […]

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August Outtakes

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” – Ken Nerburn August is now spent, signaling the end of summer and the start of the season of color. Here are some of […]

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Field of lights: If you build it, they will come

Recently, my family and I took in a spectacular visual experience in Paso Robles. It’s an art installation called the “Field of Light at Sensorio” by British artist Bruce Munro known for his large light-based work. The Paso Robles work consists of more than 58,000 small LED globular lights on stalks about 2-1/2 feet tall […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Cityscapes

“But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” – Patrick Geddes Cityscape is the subject of the latest readers Photo Challenge assignment. More than just images of buildings, a cityscape involves presenting an urban environment in a picturesque and dramatic way, much like a landscape does for […]

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July outtakes: Knee high by the 4th of July

We’re well past the halfway point pf 2019 and into the backstretch of the year. Here are some of my favorites from July. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

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Readers Photo Challenge: Mellow yellow

The color yellow is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Some of the images entered were almost entirely yellow and others just used the color as an accent. Some found bright and bold colors while others used a more subtle hue. While yellow is sometimes considered the color of cowardice, our readers didn’t […]

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National Purple Heart Day honors wounded vets

Aug. 7 is National Purple Heart Day. It was originally created by Gen. George Washington to commemorate meritorious service during the Revolutionary War but fell into disuse after the war, according to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. It was revived by Gen. Douglas McArthur on the Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932 to commemorate […]

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Seeing the light

Is there a difference between the exposure of a good picture and a bad one? The answer is no. The making of an exposure is a purely technical thing. Whether you set your camera manually or if you put it on automatic, the process is the same. The ISO (light sensitivity) is set. From there […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Follow the yellow brick road

“It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is not a […]

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