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Pictures, brick by brick

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 105mm macro. Exposure: 250th sec. @ f/22 w/ Dyna-Lite strobes. ISO: 100) British photographer Mike Stimpson, aka Balakov, is a fan of classic photographs. He’s also nuts about Legos. He’s combined his love of photography and a passion for the plastic building blocks and made a series of re-creations of […]

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Choo choo ch’ boogie

“I’m headin’ for the station with a pack on my back I’m tired of transportation in the back of a hack I love to hear the rhythm of the clickety clack And hear the lonesome whistleSee the smoke from the stack And pal around with democratic fellows named ‘Mac’ So, take me right back to […]

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Public phone

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) In the foyer of the Tracy Police Station is a public telephone, or at least there’s a sign that says it is. The phone is behind a locked metal door which begs two questions: if it’s a public phone then […]

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They found me

(Camera: Nikon D300. : Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/50th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200) Not too long after I celebrated the big Five-O, my 50th birthday, a letter containing an AARP card arrived at my home. If I wasn’t officially an old guy on my birthday, I guess I am now.

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Accidental art

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 38mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200) Sometimes things are done in an artistic way, even thought the people who created it had no artistic intent. It’s something I like to look for: the incidental beauty made by the patterns of man-made scenes. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: […]

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How the other half lives

KGO Channel 7 veteran reporter Terry McSweeney waits for his live shot to start near the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in Tracy. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec @ f/8. ISO: 200) It may look a little incongruous and a bit schizophrenic, but the unofficial uniform of the young […]

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Field work

I remember the old days when the Associated Press would request photos. Located in the photo office was an old AP drum scanner, about the size of a counter-top microwave oven. We had to place a photo (black and white) into a slot on the machine that would slowly draw in the print. Sometimes it […]

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Double-edged sword

The news media gathers around Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Scheneman during a daily briefing about the Sandra Cantu case on Clover Road in Tracy. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 20mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/10. ISO: 200) Tracy has seen more than its fair share of bad news in recent months. From the […]

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Good grief! It’s victim 3

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 200) The Stockton Fire Department’s station 2, located in downtown Stockton is used as the department’s training facility. There are a number of different buildings and equipment that are used in firefighting and rescue scenarios. I noticed that a wooden cutout […]

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In name only

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 160mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/9. ISO: 200) At the Fire Ops 101 event I saw firefighter Daren Drown’s name on the back of his turnout.  I asked him if he was on the department’s water rescue team. He wasn’t. Good thing.

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