Author Archives: Clifford Oto

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Hold the phone!

Most of the challenge’s assignments are geared towards DSLR users. Those “big” cameras have great controllability in terms of exposure and depth of field and flexibility with their interchangeable lenses. But for this challenge, we’re going to ask you to put down those cameras, reach into your back pocket and use your cellphone. Cellphones, and […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Small wonders

In the latest Readers Photo Challenge, entrants were asked to forsake visions of grand vistas and to think small. “Closeups” was the assignment and readers abandoned the normal sized world for one that embraces the minuscule. The found whole new worlds, most not farther than their own homes. 177 photos were sent in by twenty-nine […]

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Is now photography’s golden age?

Some photographers, especially those of my generation and older, yearn for the old days of film. They think that things have gotten too easy in the digital age and they lament the fact that the photography’s golden age of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and others, is gone. While it’s true that those early […]

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How to get close without getting close

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” Robert Capa In this time of the coronavirus the best thing to avoid exposure is to stay inside and away from other people, but my job doesn’t afford me that luxury. I can’t take a picture over the phone or through a closed car door. […]

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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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