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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Rock the house

The first Readers Challenge Photo assignment will give you an opportunity to rock the house because the subject is “rocks”. In the animated TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” the characters go trick or treating during Halloween. Each child would excitedly proclaim the kind of candy they got after every stop except for [...]

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Twelve from 17

In addition of producing a yearend slideshow of my top 52 favorite photos from 2017, I also made a list of my top 12 pictures. Why 12? One for each month of the year but unlike the slideshow, each of the top 12 represents an actual month.  ______________________________________  January 11: I was driving down La [...]

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Show of slides

I’ve produced a yearend online slideshow of my work every year since 2010 and this year is no different. It showcases some of my favorite photos that I’ve shot throughout the year and can be seen, the Record’s YouTube channel and here. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about producing [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Reaching for the stars

Readers looked to the heavens to find inspiration for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: The Sky. Some of them used the sky as the primary subject for their photos like the main ingredient in a soup while others used it a background like the broth for that soup, adding an overall flavor to their [...]

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November outtakes

“November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows…” - Clyde Watson November 2017 has come and gone and winter is just around the corner. Here are ten of my favorite photos from the month. ______________________________________ 11/9/17: ______________________________________ 11/10/17: ______________________________________ 11/11/17: ______________________________________ 11/12/17: ______________________________________ 11/15/17: ______________________________________ 11/16/17: ______________________________________ 11/18/17: ______________________________________ [...]

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Candlelight vigil for victims of violence

TOP LEFT: Four-year-old Kassandra Rivera was one of about 200 to 300 people participating in the Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County Support Group’s 20th annual candlelight vigil held at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. TOP RIGHT: Leticia Galvan hangs an ornament on a wire frame in memory of her [...]

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Team Trouble home opener

The Stockton Team Trouble American Basketball Association franchise held its home opener on Thursday, Dec. 7. TOP LEFT: Stockton Team Trouble’s Erik King, center, breaks through California Golden Tigers’ Kareem Ramos, left, and Jermaine Worley during an ABA game against the Golden Stage Tigers at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. TOP RIGHT: Stockton Team [...]

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Give the gift of time

Christmas is coming up and you may be wondering what gift to give a loved one who is a photographer. You could buy them a new camera or lens, or even a photo workshop, but those can cost from several hundred to several thousand of dollars. Photography is nothing if not expensive. So what can [...]

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All you need to do is ask

The other day I got a haircut. It was at one of those haircut franchises where you can get a trim quickly at a reasonable price, nothing fancy. The stylist that cut my hair was young, barely out of cosmetology school. She spent a lot of time with me and when she was done she [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Sky high

The sky’s the limit for the newest Readers Photo Challenge because the subject for the assignment is literally the sky. This time of year is the perfect time to get photos of the sky. One can almost call it the “sky season.” With the ending of daylight savings time and the turning of our clocks [...]

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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 ... Read Full
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