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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.

You can’t be everywhere all the time

In an NFL game on Nov. 30, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a spectacular one-handed, fingertip catch of a 43-yard pass at the goal line over Dallas Cowboy’s Brandon Carr. A photo of the play went viral on Twitter not just because it was a shot of a great moment (which [...]

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Christmas deadline

There’s less than a week left in the Readers Photo Challenge assignment of Christmas lights. Your photos can be of the lights in a public display, on your own house or the neighbors down the street. The deadline is Thursday Dec. 18. ________________________________________________ Here are the rules: 1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type [...]

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Random photo #39: Holiday time tunnel

12/2/14: Stockton facilities maintenance employees Tim Gonzalez, left, and Sam Macellari work as a part of a crew assembling the frame of the City of Stockton’s Christmas Tree at the Weber Point Event Center in downtown Stockton in advance of the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday night.

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November remembered: Outtakes

“I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.” – Henry Rollins With November’s end [...]

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The secrets of photography

If you look for photographic tips on the Internet you’re likely to get a number of entries that are about “secrets” in photography. They’re usually titled something like “5 secrets of highly successful photographers” or “10 secrets to improve your pictures.” However, there aren’t any real “secrets” in photography. There isn’t a photographic illuminati guarding [...]

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There’s no place like home

(All of the following photos were taken in my hometown of Walnut Grove) “Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself: ‘There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.’” – Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz Recently the web site Light Stalking had [...]

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Season of lights

The start of the holiday season is just a week a way and with it comes the season of lights. The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is Christmas lights. While it might seem a bit early (Christmas is still several weeks away) there are already holiday commercials playing on television and some stores have put [...]

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Grace from fall

If spring is the season of rebirth then fall is the harbinger of the year’s finale. But rather than going quietly into the night fall gives us a last visual cacophony before surrendering to colorlessness of old man winter. Fall colors, more specifically, fall leaves, is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. [...]

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October outtakes 2014

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” – Hal Borland Here are 10 of my favorite previously unposted photos from October. ________________________________________ 10/1/14: ________________________________________ 10/2/14: ________________________________________ 10/3/14: ________________________________________ 10/6/14: ________________________________________ [...]

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More fall

There’s just a couple of days left for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall color. Leaves on trees everywhere near and far are now changing with the season so finding a subject should be easy to find. ________________________________________________ Here are the rules: 1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Fall Color” in [...]

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