Category Archives: Column

Human of New York

“New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.” – Djuna Barnes About a year and a half ago, my daughter showed me the “Humans of New York” Facebook page. She, a budding young photographer, and I, a nearly 30-year veteran shooter, quickly became [...]

Also posted in Inspiriation, Photography, University of the Pacific | Leave a comment

Reflections of you

“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” – William Makepeace Thackeray “Reflections” is the subject of the next readers Photo Challenge assignment. A reflection can add visual twist to an otherwise ordinary scene. You can use a reflection as a compositional element in your [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

“I gotta have more cowbell”

The Pacific Pep Band, part musical group, part cheerleading squad,  perform at men’s & women’s basketball games, playing tunes such as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Hey Baby” and doing chants and cheers to rattle opposing teams. For as long as I can remember, there has always been at least one person playing the cowbell. [...]

Also posted in Music, video | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Owning the night

“Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.” – Henry David Thoreau My wife and I were driving home on evening after dropping our son off at a Boy Scout troop meeting. We needed a few grocery items so we stopped at a supermarket on the way home. We’ve passed by it many [...]

Also posted in Night, Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment


Silhouettes can present graphically bold images. The dark outline of a person or thing can virtually jump out of the photo. For the challenge sunsets/sunrises were a common theme. The combination of a sun low on the horizon, dark foreground and brilliant colors in the sky makes evenings and mornings the perfect time for silhouettes. [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

A matter of balance

“Got to learn balance. Balance is key.” Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid One compositional goal that you can strive for in your photographs is that of balance. You may think that achieving balance in your pictures is an easy thing to do. All you have to do is to center your subject in the [...]

Also posted in Techniques, Tips | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A matter of perspective

The thing about newspaper photography is that it encompasses many different situations. I normally carry two zoom lenses with me in my kit. A 24-70mm wide angle zoom (which is usually on the camera when it’s in my bag) and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom. This range allows me cover most of the conditions that I [...]

Also posted in Equipment | Tagged | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Silhouettes

I love a good silhouette. They can produce a bold, eye-catching photo that can jump right off the page at the viewer. You’ll lose detail in the body of your subject but the strong outline of an image can not only help define itself but the negative space surrounding it as well. So this month’s [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

Going 12 for ’13

The beginning of a new year is a time for looking forward but often it’s also time to look back at the previous year before moving ahead. At the end of every year for the past several, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite images. 52 of 2013’s images can be seen [...]

Also posted in Year end | Tagged | Leave a comment

Be still my beating heart

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is Still life. Landscape and nature photographers find beauty in the great outdoors, portraitists are inspired by an interesting face and sports photographers are always looking for that spectacular action moment and intensity for their photos. In shooting a still life one has to take a [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged , | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    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
  • Categories

  • Archives