Category Archives: Column

Readers Photo Challenge: On holiday

The assignment for the current Readers Photo Challenge was to send in your best photos of your summer vacation. From weekend getaways to extended vacations everyone can use some time off to rest, relax and recharge their batteries. Some of us travel to distant lands while others go no further than a day trip. Whether [...]

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

(Wild)life of the party

While on our recent family vacation to San Diego my son and I were walking the beach of La Jolla Cove when we heard a lifeguard say over a loudspeaker: “Please do not harass the sea lions. Please back away from them.” A small pod of the ocean mammals relaxed at the far end of [...]

Also posted in Animals | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Too close for comfort

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “if your pictures aren’t good enough, it means that you’re not close enough.” One of the biggest picture-taking mistakes that people make is that they’re too far away. But occasionally there are times when you can get a little too close for comfort. My family and I traveled [...]

Also posted in Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: What you did on your summer vacation

For the newest Readers Photo Challenge we’re going to revisit one that was done last year. Twenty-nine people sent in 114 photos making it one of the most popular assignments. “Vacations: The Sequel” is this month’s theme. Getting a good vacation photo is more than just taking a snapshot of a particular landmark or event. [...]

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

Readers Photo Challenge: Face value

“That face, that face, that wonderful face; It shines, it glows all over the place.” – “That Face” by Alan Bergman and Lew Spence The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “faces.” Our faces are the most recognizable feature that we have. We often talk about it in song and literature. We put on a [...]

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

A hairy situation

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer…” – ”Hair” by James Rado and Gerome Ragni Last week, I covered a press availability event for the 2015 Supra Boats Professional Wakeboard Tour at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop. Photographers [...]

Also posted in Observation, Sports | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Making contact

A “ball on bat” photo is a picture, in baseball or softball, of exact the moment the ball makes contact with the bat (or soon thereafter) and it can be a daunting task for a photographer. The three most important things in shooting such a picture are timing, timing and timing. There is a popular [...]

Also posted in Sports | Leave a comment

Close calls

A few weeks ago I photographed a Sac-Joaquin Section baseball Division I South elimination game between Tracy High and Beyer High at UOP’s Klein Family Field in Stockton. One play in particular stands out for me because I managed to catch an error, not by a short stop or a left fielder, but by the [...]

Also posted in Sports | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Out on the town

“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” – Herb Caen This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” The challenge is similar to the architecture assignment issued in October of 2013 and there can be some overlap in subject [...]

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

Flash in the hand

One of the last disciplines that photographers learn to master is how to use a flash properly. Many don’t like how the effects of a flash looks in their photos and quickly give it up for natural lighting. Much of it has to do with how a flash is mounted on the camera. Accessory flashes, [...]

Also posted in lighting | 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