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“Very superstitious, Writing’s on the wall, Very superstitious, Ladders ’bout to fall, Thirteen month old baby, Broke the lookin’ glass Seven years of bad luck, The good things in your past”- Superstitious- Stevie Wonder Some superstitions are based in common sense. You don’t want to go walking under a ladder because you might get hit […]

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Rain or shine

Stockton Port’s Murphy Smith throws against the Inland Empire 66ers during a game at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200). “…Football is played in any kind of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, hail and mud. Can’t read numbers on the field, can’t […]

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Natural light

Krysta Guerrero, author of the blog cooks dinner at her Stockton home (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 18mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200). Krysta Guerrero is the author of, a blog about cooking food and her observations of life in general. Though cleverly written, what impressed me was the […]

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A steak through the heart

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8 w/Nikkor SB-800 flash. ISO: 200) My plan for this year’s St. Valentines Day was to grill some steaks for the family and have a quiet evening in. I had the idea to trim the meat into Valentines heart-shaped medallions. I bought some […]

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Light food

On cooking shows such as Top Chef or Iron Chef, the chefs try not only to make food that tastes good but looks good as well. Presentation is a big part of their recipes. Front lit chicken cooking on the grill at the EL Rancho Inn’s 70th birthday free barbecue in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. […]

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A family that cooks together

Pat Resendes of Stockton has won many awards for recipes she’s submitted to the Asparagus Festival. For Resendes, cooking is a family affair. When I visited her to get shots of her cooking some of her latest asparagus dishes that she’s come up with for this year’s festival, she was helped by granddaughters, 9-year-old Sidni […]

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Cheap and easy

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/11 w/ Dyna-Lite strobe. ISO: 100) I had a studio shoot of several dishes made from the “Biggest Loser” cookbook recipes. The first set up was of an asparagus and ham omelet. It was simple food, so I used simple lighting. A single […]

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Shedding light on the subject

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 52mm. Exposure: 1/80th @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) The photos that run on our food page every Wednesday are often shot in the studio. It’s easier that way to control the variables such as lighting and background. Occasionally, though, we go on location for the food shots. (Camera: Nikon […]

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Red, white and yikes!

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 28mm. Exposure: 1/10th sec. @ f/11 w/ Dyna-Lite strobes. ISO: 200) Last week, I shot this patriotic cake for a story on foods for the 4th of July. My idea was to light off several sparklers around the cake, made by Record reporter JoAnn Kirby, for a festive look. […]

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Throwing a little light on the subject

I’m from the K.I.S.S.(Keep It Simple, Stupid) school of photography. The more basic, the better.  In the newspaper business, speed is essential and the less complex a photo is to take, the quicker it will go. That’s not to say the photos should be unsophisticated, but they can be done simply, yet effectively. I used […]

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