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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 #37: Upon reflection

An egret is reflected as it rests on a partially submerged log in the waters of Smith Canal in Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: Good sports

Sports photography is hard. The first thing one has to do is to master timing. Knowing when to press the shutter button is no minor thing and, like the sports themselves, takes practice, practice, practice to learn. All that is hard enough, but on top of that one also has to consider other sound photographic [...]

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Levels

In sports there are varying levels of skill that more or less increase by age. Our children start out in recreation youth leagues in sports such as soccer, football or baseball. As they get older and more adept they move to “select” or “comp” leagues where they can play on club teams where the competition [...]

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Hold it!

I always advocate to new camera purchasers to read the owners’ manual. It has all kinds of useful information especially for first time users. But here are some things that aren’t covered in a manual or even some classes. It could be something that the writers of the manuals didn’t think about or perhaps thought [...]

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Blood moon rising II: The sequel

Early Wednesday morning watchers of the night sky will be able to witness the second “blood moon” of the year (the last one was on April 15). A “blood moon” happens during a total lunar eclipse. Light from the sun, which mostly is blocked by the earth, bends through our planet’s atmosphere. Particles, such as [...]

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September outtakes: 2014

From volleyball, to water polo to, of course, football (and more) the Fall sports season was in full swing in September. Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from 2014’s 9th month. ____________________________________ 9/6/2014: ____________________________________ 9/10/2014: ____________________________________ 9/12/2014: ____________________________________ 9/16/2014: ____________________________________ 9/17/2014: ____________________________________ 9/19/2014: ____________________________________ 9/24/2014: ____________________________________ 9/25/2014:

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Correction

A sharp-eyed reader pointed out a mistake in the deadline for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment “Sports.” The correct date is Saturday, Oct. 11. Sorry for the confusion. Here are the rules (corrected) once again: 1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Sports” in the subject line. 2. Photos have to be [...]

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Sports on the cheap

There are some sporting events where it helps to have an expensive piece of equipment. Those are usually situations are when you need a long telephoto lens with low-light capabilities, such as night or indoor events. Those lenses can cost thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. There are other times when you can get [...]

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The sporting life

The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is sports. This is the time of year where there are a plethora of sporting events being played in one form or another. Your photos can be of an organized sports event or it could be of a friend or family member playing table tennis, or swimming or out [...]

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Random photo # 36: Smoke gets in your skies

The setting sun tries to shine through smoke stained skies from the King Fire in Eldorado County over a stand of trees in Tracy.

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