Author Archives: Clifford Oto

Walk the (photo) walk

This Saturday, October 5, Carrie Walker of Stockton will be hosting a photo walk from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. It’s in conjunction with the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. UOP is a great place to shoot. Many wedding and quinceañera photographers use it as a […]

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Outtakes: Remember September

“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.” – Robert Finch. September is gone and it seems that fall’s mild […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: On the road

One way to exercise your creativity is to find an ordinary everyday, object, situation or place and find interesting ways to photograph it. The subject of the next challenge assignment, “roads” is in that spirit (streets and freeways are also included under the definition of “roads,” though bike and foot paths are not). Roads are […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Big city, bright lights

“While the city sleepsMen are dreamingA world enlightened…” – Robert Lamm/Chicago Cityscapes was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Most cities are more than just an assemblages of buildings. They had a feel and personality to them. The best examples sent in reflect this. Twelve readers scenting 65 pictures, Here are some of […]

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Past imperfect

There is a genre of photography that isn’t concerned with what most people would consider traditional beauty, but rather a darker, dingier side of art. Urban decay photography deals with abandoned and rundown buildings and what can be found in their interiors. The people who practice the art aren’t interested in shiny new buildings but […]

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August Outtakes

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” – Ken Nerburn August is now spent, signaling the end of summer and the start of the season of color. Here are some of […]

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Field of lights: If you build it, they will come

Recently, my family and I took in a spectacular visual experience in Paso Robles. It’s an art installation called the “Field of Light at Sensorio” by British artist Bruce Munro known for his large light-based work. The Paso Robles work consists of more than 58,000 small LED globular lights on stalks about 2-1/2 feet tall […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Cityscapes

“But a city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” – Patrick Geddes Cityscape is the subject of the latest readers Photo Challenge assignment. More than just images of buildings, a cityscape involves presenting an urban environment in a picturesque and dramatic way, much like a landscape does for […]

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July outtakes: Knee high by the 4th of July

We’re well past the halfway point pf 2019 and into the backstretch of the year. Here are some of my favorites from July. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

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Readers Photo Challenge: Mellow yellow

The color yellow is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Some of the images entered were almost entirely yellow and others just used the color as an accent. Some found bright and bold colors while others used a more subtle hue. While yellow is sometimes considered the color of cowardice, our readers didn’t […]

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