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AgFest costume contest

TOP: Nine-year-old Gracie Irola with the Escalon 4H dressed as Cleopatra while her steer Harold was made up as King Tut in the annual costume contest where animals are dressed up by the kids who raised them at the AgFest at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds in Stockton.  BOTTOM LEFT: Fourteen-year-old Erin Grogan, left, and […]

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Sounds of Swenson

TOP: Austin James performs with his band at the first Sounds of Swenson concert at Swenson Park in Stockton. The concert in the park series is presented every second Thursday of the month from June to September in association with Save Swenson. BOTTOM LEFT: About 200 to 300 people listen to Austin James perform with […]

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Fair’s first day: For the young and young at heart

TOP: Duane Falls, left, and Kassie Smith from Cullman, Alabama ride the Super Sizzler ride on opening day of the San Joaquin County Fair at the fairgrounds in Stockton. BOTTOM LEFT: Seven-year-old Armand Adames of Stockton, right, is watch by his 9-year-old cousin Andrea Kashaka of Stockton as he tosses ping pong balls into floating […]

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Would like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

Last Sunday I covered the Color the Skies hot air balloon festival at the Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon. It brought back memories of when I was a young photo student in college and some friends and I went to the Great Reno Balloon Race in Nevada. We drove through the wee hours of the […]

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Random photo #27: Always remember to floss

5-year-old Ayden Louie of Manteca poses for a picture by his mom Ashley Louie inside of the mouth of a giant tyrannosaurus rex’s head at the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton.

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The importance of backgrounds for the non-photographer

I go on and on about having a clean, non-distracting background in your photos. From a photographer’s standpoint it’s something that we look for to make our pictures better. But what about those who aren’t photographers? What can an uncluttered background do for them? If you’re having an event such as a groundbreaking or wedding, […]

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Bon appétit (not!)

Like some people who watch hockey mostly for the fights or those who watch motorsports for the crashes, it’s possible that at least some people watch competitive eating for the gross-out factor. While categorizing competitive eating as a “sport” is debatable, there’s no denying it can be pretty disgusting to watch. Case in point is […]

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Board dog

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm@ 95mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200) Several weeks ago Tillman, the skateboarding dog made an appearance at a promotional event for Carter’s Pet Mart in Stockton. Never having seen the dog perform before I was a bit skepitcal at it’s abilities. After all, I thought it would […]

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Arts and crafty

From a photographer’s stand point, some community festivals are better than others. The upcoming Asparagus Festival in Stockton is one of the best.  From the Asparagus Alley food concessions to the asparagus eating contest to asparagus-clad mascots, there are plenty things to shoot that are related to it’s theme. Sure, there’s the generic vendors that […]

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“In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe There are times when there are things that are so beyond my sensibilities, that I’m not sure what to make of them. The annual Apollo Night talent show is an American Idol-style show that has […]

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