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Readers Photo Challenge: Oh, what a day!

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is called “A Day in the Life Of.” For this challenge participants could pick any subject then wanted but with one caveat: The photos had to be shot on a specific day: Saturday, October 6. Some people got up early, a few others stayed up late and a couple [...]

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Weather or not

Photojournalists are used to working in all kinds weather conditions and, from heat waves to rainstorms and we’re usually prepared for them. But there are sometimes that we can be caught off guard. Last Wednesday, I was assigned to cover the Stockton Pro Open tennis tournament at the University of the Pacific’s Eve Zimmerman Tennis [...]

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Outtakes: Remembering September

“September: It was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows and regret.” – Alexander Theroux September is over and with it the last of summer. Here are 10 of my favorite photos from the month.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: A day in the life

In the 1980s, photojournalist Rick Smolan created a unique and ambitious project: photograph an entire country in a single day. Thus the Day In The Life Of Australia was born. Smolan got cadre of elite photographers to scour the “Land Down Under” for a 24-hour period. Smolan subsequently went on to produce several other Day [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: As smooth as glass

This months assignment was “glass.” Even in this is the age of plastics, glass is still used widely. Items made of glass can be functional or decorative. They can range from windows to ornamental snow globes and beyond. Here are some of the best examples of the 45 photos that 15 readers sent in. _____________________________________ [...]

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August Outtakes: Just in time

My how time flies, I nearly forgot the August outtakes, too. Here are 10 of my favorite photos from the 8th month of 2018.

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July outtakes: Oops, I did it again, again

Once again I got busy and I missed posting a monthly outtakes photos, this time for July, and I’m late for August as well. Without further adieu here are 10 of my favorite photos from July.

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Safety first

On September 10, an 18-year-old Israeli tourist fell to his death while taking a selfie at Yosemite National Park. He was at the top of Nevada Falls when he tried to take a picture of himself, lost his balance and plunged 820-ft to the bottom. A 2015 report found that selfies now lead to more [...]

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Practice makes perfect

One of the main goals of the monthly Readers Photo Challenge is to have you go out and actually take some pictures. Occasionally, someone will come up to me an say that they like the tips that are given in this column but they can’t take good pictures. To that I say “practice, practice, practice.” [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Glass

Glass is the subject of the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Glass objects are notoriously difficult to photograph. Take time in looking at the subject carefully before taking a picture of it. Unwanted reflections, including your own, can be a problem. Take steps to remove those reflections. If it’s a light, turn it off. Sometimes [...]

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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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