Category Archives: Blast from the past

Blast from the past: The eyes have it

Dave LaBelle, a 35-year photojournalist and educator who has worked for newspapers in cities ranging from Anchorage, Pittsburg and Sacamento, calls the search for enterprise feature photos the Great Picture Hunt. He even has created two books with that same name.  Sometimes it can be likened to fishing, driving around trolling for pictures. Other times […]

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Blast from the past: Mummy dearest

“So long it’s been good to know you So long it’s been good to know you So long it’s been good to know you It’s been so long since I’ve seen my home I’ve got to be rambling along”- Woody Guthrie w/ lyric adaptation by Phil Lee (Camera: Nikon D1H. Lens Sigma 14mm. Exposure: 1/30th […]

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Blast from the past: Finger pickin’ good

In 1986, I had the pleasure of photographing jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan in a solo performance at the Fox Theatre (now renamed the Bob Hope Theatre) in downtown Stockton. Being a jazz fan I knew of him, but he’s not a household name, then or today.  His unique playing style sets him apart from other […]

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Blast from the past: Hoop, there it is

Junior flower girls wait for the processional at the 2009 graduation ceremonies at the Grape Bowl in Lodi. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200) Since the 1920s The flower girl procession has been a graduation tradition at Lodi High. Junior girls carrying bouquets of flowers and […]

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Blast from the Past: Comrades in arms

11/13/1993: South Vietnamese veteran Hao Tran, left, admires U.S. Vietnam veteran Joe Martinez’s medals at a ceremony honoring veterans from both countries at the Karl Ross American Legion Post in Stockton. “…He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d, And rouse him at the name […]

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Blast from the past: Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!

There are times when, in a split-second, everything comes together in a photo. A nanosecond before or after and the picture will be gone. I’m not saying that those pictures will be terrible, but they just won’t be of a perfect moment. Teams from all over California — and even some from as far away […]

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Blast from the past: Drug sale

In 1988, The Record did a special project that covered a day-in-the-life of illegal drugs in Stockton. Just a few blocks south of the office is the Gleason Park area, back then it was a notorious haven for drugs and crime. I had the assignment of trying to get a shot of a drug deal […]

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Blast from the past: Easy for you to say

Delta College cross country coach Dan King rides an all-terrain vehicle alongside of team member Sarah Sloan of Manteca while urging her on during practicing sprints at the college’s Di Ricco Field in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D1H. Lens: 80-200mm @ 92mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200) 10/3/03: I was driving by Delta College’s […]

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Is your mama (or papa) a llama?

One of the things I look for as a photographer is the odd or unusual occurrence. It doesn’t happen all the time (I guess if it did, it would not be odd or unusual), and when it does, you just gotta stop. (Camera: Nikon D1H. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/ […]

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Blast from the past: Lemons into lemonade

Given our current drought conditions, we certainly need the recent rains that have fallen the last few days. Still, we have to be careful of getting too much of a good thing. 14-year-old Tim Bellingham, left, and 17-year-old Greg Decker enjoy a leisurely paddle along Serenade Lane and Virtue Arc Drive in Stockton, after rains […]

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