Author Archives: Clifford Oto

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Bird watching

There’s an old photograph phrase of “watch the birdie!” Well, for the newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment you will literally be watching birdies because the subject is birds. From backyard sparrows to turkey vultures soaring over the countryside to a hawk sitting on a telephone phone along the road to a robin perched in a […]

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Help-Portrait in one week

In 2009, I was inspired by a video by Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart. The video was a call to find someone in need, take their photo, print it and then deliver it to them. The call struck a chord with me. For awhile, I had been looking for a way to give back to the […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: For land(scapes) sake!

Landscapes, the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge, have been a staple of artists nearly since the beginning of art. They capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When photography came along, practitioners from Ansel Adams to Galen Rowell took up the landscape mantle. The people who sent in their photos for […]

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October in review

“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October.” – Alexander Smith 2019’s 10th month has come and gone bringing with it the promise of fall. Here are some of my favorite photos from October. _____________________________________________

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Season for sunsets

We have seasons for hunting, the weather and sports but one for sunsets? Sunsets happen literally every day so how can there be a season for them? During fall, because of the natural shortening of the days, sunset comes earlier in the day. Instead of sunset occurring at nearly 9:30 p.m during the height of […]

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A noun waiting for a verb

Last year my son Christopher took a photography class taught by Randy Allen at Sacramento City College. Allen’s not only a great teacher and photographer but also a good friend that goes way back to the days when we both were SCC photo students ourselves. Christopher told me something that Allen said during class that […]

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Lodi High holds Dia De Los Muertos celebration

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Trick or treat on the Mile

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High winds buffet valley

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Dia De Los Muertos Street Fiesta

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