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Stage lighting on the cheap

Big name singers and many mid level performers can spend a lot of time, effort and money on lighting for their shows. Good light can add drama, beauty and even entertainment to a performance. At best, musical artists of lesser financial means often have to do with perfunctory lighting or none at all. While looking […]

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Blending into the background

Several months ago I was on assignment to shoot Octavio Flores, the owner of Casa Flores Marina in Stockton. As Flores answered a reporter’s questions, nice, soft indirect light fitlered in through a large window next to the table where he was sitting. The rest of the room was fairly dark and his black shirt […]

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Double your fun

Creating a double-exposure photo is a lot easier now than in the days of film. In those old days, there were two main avenues to take — in-camera and in the darkroom, each in turn with two techniques of their own. Stockton Port’s pitcher Pedro Figueroa’s form is displayed in a multiple exposure shot as […]

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Green Light

A group leader gathers her students before a presentation at the DeRosa University Center’s ballroom before a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton. The clean up was organized by the university’s MOVE program (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm.  Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 500). The University of the Pacific’s […]

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By any other name

Some names in football just sound tough. Names like Miami Dolphin’s fullback Larry Csonka (1968-1974), L.A. Rams’ defensive end Jack Youngblood (1971-1984), and the toughest of them all Chicago Bears’ linebacker Dick Butkus (1965-1973). Then there are other fierce players, like Pittsburg Steelers’ linebacker Jack Lambert (1974-1984) or Jim Brown, running back with the Cleveland […]

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Tripping the light(ning) fantastic

“Thunder and Lightning I tell you it’s frightening It’s thunder and lightning” – Thunder and Lightning by Chi Coltrane I remember a family vacation at Lake Tahoe one Summer when I was about 7 or 8 years old. There was a thunderstorm and we were confined to our motel room. I recall sitting at the […]

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Go towards the light

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon, Sr. The interior of the Stockton Arena set up for the Lightning Arena2 football. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/4 sec., @ f/2.8. ISO: 800) The lights at the Stockton Arena is the best […]

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The great wall

From left,The Stockton Lightning linemen Peter Tuialu’ulu’u, Jason Vaka, Manase Hopoi, coach Mathias Vavao, linebacker Sale’ Key, linemen David Lose’ and Mason Mitchell. The Stockton Lightning Arena2 football team has seven players and an assistant coach who from the Pacific Islands of Samoa or Tonga. My assignment was to shoot them in their lava-lavas or […]

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Fanfare for the common man

Wide receiver/defensive back B’Jay Jones enters the Stockton Arena at the start of a recent Arena2 Football Game in Stockton. At the start of each Stockton Lightning Arena2 football game, fireworks are set off from two rails set on the floor of the Stockton Arena. As the starting players enter when their names are called […]

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Flaming guitar

Adolfo Valenzuela performs in the band Reflejo Norteno at the Casa Mexicana restaurant in Lodi. Sometimes it is more difficult to get an exciting picture than others. My assignment was to get a shot of the band Relfejo Norteno during a performance in Lodi. Most concert settings, the stage lighting can be pretty good, especially […]

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