Category Archives: Nature

“Art is long and life is short” – Hippocrates

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “the best zoom lens your feet,” meaning that you should try to get physically as close to your subject as you can. That’s certainly true but there are times when you can’t get as close as you want. That’s where a telephoto lens comes in. There are 2 [...]

Also posted in Column, Equipment, Sports, Wildlife | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Take me to the river

You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “Rivers.” Rivers can be the life blood of any area but especially in ours.  About 1,000 miles of waterways wind through the Delta. They are the sources of the water that not only quenches [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge: Go climb a tree

“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree…” – Trees by Joyce Kilmer Perhaps words can’t convey the loveliness of trees, but their beauty can be captured photographs. That’s what 16 readers did for this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment of “trees.” Trees provide cooling shade, lumber for homes and [...]

Also posted in Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

Circle of life, in a small pond

A few weeks ago, while looking for a spring-time picture I found myself in a nature reality show like the ones on BBC narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Often in those programs there is the scene when the predator chases the prey. I always root for the prey to escape. I know logically that that [...]

Also posted in Animals, Column | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Trees

  “Trees need not walk the earth For beauty or for bread; Beauty will come to them Where they stand…” Trees Need Not Walk the Earth By David Rosenthal Stockton has been designated as a Tree City USA for more than 30 years which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Trees. [...]

Also posted in Column, Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge: The power of flowers

Winter and spring rains brought April flowers in abundance and helped to make the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of Flowers a success. Everyone sent in pictures of great flowers, but this is a photography column, not a flower column, after all. The best photos transcended the beauty of their subjects. They showed that it’s [...]

Also posted in Column, Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment

Go take a (wildflower) hike

Here’s an opportunity for those of you looking for a place to find wildflowers to photograph. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EMBUD) will be holding its Longest Mile Wildflower Hike near Valley Springs on Saturday. The hike, a 3-mile round trip, runs through a portion of the Coast to Crest Trail, situated along the Mokelumne [...]

Also posted in Column | Tagged | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Flowers for the 50th

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge marks the 50th assignment since it’s beginning in April of 2013. In recognition of this fact we will revisit the very first assignment of “flowers.” It’s appropriate that spring is not only the season flowers but of rebirth and renewal as well. With all the winter rains we received flowers, [...]

Also posted in Column, Readers Photo Challenge | Leave a comment

Patience is a (photographic) virtue

What’s the most important skill needed to be a wildlife photographer? Is it having a telephoto lens? Certainly, being able to get as close as you can without scaring away critters is right up there but not the most crucial. Having the knowledge of the habits of the various animals is also significant. Predicting when [...]

Also posted in Animals, Column, Wildlife | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Readers Photo Challenge: Rites of fall

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “fall.” Fall is the time of vibrantly colored foliage, migrating birds and cool, crisp days. It was up to each photographer to decide what epitomized fall and then find a way to illustrated it in [...]

Also posted in Column, Readers Photo Challenge | Tagged | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Clifford Oto

    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
  • Categories

  • Archives