Author Archives: Clifford Oto

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Let’s get small!

Often photographers concern themselves with grand vistas but for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment we are asking you to think on a smaller scale. Closeup or macro photography explores realms of the overlooked and unseen. Flowers are often the subjects of macro photography but almost anything will do. If you look carefully and closely […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Home is where the art is

This month’s assignment, “backyard” is inspired by the fact that nearly all of us are homebound by restrictions enacted to fight the coronavirus. The task was to look for creative ways to photograph things in, around or from your backyard. The boundaries were expanded a bit to include anything on your property but the idea […]

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Making most of what you’ve got

(Note: all photos in this post were taken by a 2004 Canon EOS 20D DSLR camera) When I first listened to Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett’s album The Koln Concert (“borrowed” from my older brother) in about 1975, I was mesmerized from the start. I didn’t know that a solo piano performance could be so engaging […]

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Virtual travelogue #4: The City by the Bay

San Francisco isn’t so far away that most of us haven’t visited it at one point or another, but with the stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders in effect we may not be able to travel there anytime soon no matter how close it is. San Francisco is a very recognizable city and finding new sights can […]

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Composition 101: Foregrounds and framing

One of the things that many people forget to include into their wide angle shots is a prominent foreground. They often are concentrating to much on the main subject, whether a person or landscape or something else, that they don’t think of adding a something that can help to draw the viewer’s attention to the […]

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Virtual travelogue #3: San Diego – Down by the sea

San Diego is a costal town and offers great access to the sea and ocean wildlife.

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Virtual travelogue #2: The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is world famous and is a must-see attraction if you’re ever in the city. Here are just some of the animals that can be seen there.

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April 1st News: 2020 edition

Rogue Muppets invade town ———————— Delta offers levitation course. ———————— Vape inventor doubles down on new device ———————— Parallel dimension as boring as ours ———————— Nikon introduces “Tiger Roar” feature on newest cameras Nikon announced that it’s newest flagship DSLR, the D6, will feature a “Tiger Roar” option. When enabled, instead of a normal clicky […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: On the Homefront

With state and local edicts of “stay-at-home” (or even for some counties the more strict “shelter-in-place”) in effect during this time of the COVID-19 virus, getting out to take pictures is more difficult than ever. I struggled to come up with a subject for the next challenge, then I remembered an assignment I had back […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Planting the seeds of creativity

The subject current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “plants.” Those who participated were tasked in creatively photographing anything from lowly blades of grass to a stately redwood and everything in between. The best photos took advantage of light, composition and weather conditions to come up with their images. Thirty-two readers sent in 162 photos. Here […]

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