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Experience your experiences

On May 22 I photographed former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop for his wife Hillary at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Stockton. About 700 people were jammed into the center’s exhibition hall. I shot the event from with the rest of the media from a press riser at the back of the room and [...]

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Graduation day

May is the season for graduations and soon the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be playing at high schools, colleges, arenas and stadiums throughout the country. Graduations are among the milestone moments of our children’s lives and it’s only natural that we want to preserve those moments in photographs. The best and easiest times [...]

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Meet Artie D, the…

Also seen in the Stockton Chinese New Years Parade was “Artie D” the mascot for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Like so many other business mascots, Artie is portrayed by a person in a plush costume. The thing is, I don’t know what Artie is supposed to be. Pacific Gas and Electric’s mascot (which [...]

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Luck of the…

It is a Chinese tradition to give out small red envelopes during special events such as a wedding or New Years. They’re supposed to represent good luck and prosperity. The envelopes are red, a color that’s supposed to represent good luck in Chinese culture. They’re usually stuffed money and given as gifts. The sum can [...]

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Random photo #54: Tiny dancer

4-year-old Raziya Ward dances to the beat of a DJ while waiting for a 9/11 ceremony to start at the Sierra Vista Community Center in south Stockton.

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Day of the beard

  With genetics being against me, my attempts at growing a beard or even a mustache have been, at best, pitiful. But there are others who can easily sprout voluminous amounts of facial hair. To them I say: Happy World Beard Day!

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Richard Kiel: RIP

Actor Richard Kiel, best known for portraying the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two of the Roger Moore-era Bond films, died on September 10 at the age of 74. I photographed him in 2012 during his appearance at MiniCon at UOP’s Spanos Center. At 7-ft, 2-inches tall he was an imposing figure but genuinely seemed like [...]

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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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E-ticket ride

In March, I went on a media tour of the then newly opened DTE biomass power plant at the Port of Stockton. The facility burns wood waste collected from around the region to heat water, which in turn makes steam to turn a generator to produce electricity. One of the more interesting things at the [...]

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All-American city

Small town events may seem hokey or at best quaint to some, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them. I grew up in the tiny Delta town of Walnut Grove. When I was a youngster its population was around 500 give or take a stray dog or two. Every Fourth of [...]

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    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
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