Category Archives: Photographs

Imitation is the sincerest form of improvement

Many photography experts will give the advice of not to copy or imitate the work of the masters or other photographers you admire. They will tell you to find your own style and forge your own way. This is true but what they don’t tell you is that this advice is for advanced photographers and […]

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Memories saved

On Feb. 19, 1986, a levee in the Delta broke letting the waters of the Mokelumne River inundate Tyler Island. The tiny town of Walnut Grove where my parents lived was threatened as the flood waters crept up from the southern portion of the island to the more populated north. The residents were ordered to […]

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Live and in living black and white

Not only did I judge this year’s Youth division of the San Joaquin County Fair’s Photography Show, but due to a last minute snag, photo show coordinator Mark Findlay asked me to judge the adult divisions as well. So instead of determining the merit of about 200 photos, I was charged with the fate of […]

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The next generation

I had the privilege once again to be the judge for the San Joaquin County fair’s annual photography show. This year, show coordinator Mark Findlay asked me to judge pictures in the Youth Division, and I eagerly agreed. After having to make some tough decisions in last year’s adult show, I was looking forward to […]

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Shameless self-promotion

Just a little FYI, The Record photographers, Craig Sanders, Michael McCollum, Calixtro Romias and myself are participating in a dual exhibit with potter Doreen Heath at the Tidewater Art Center and Gallery at 223 E. Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton. The show, featuring about 20 prints of our work throughout the years, will run from […]

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Looking forward

5/20/07: Sean Hooley with the Bozos Frog Team jumps his frog Love Stinks at the frog jump finals at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp. His distance was 14-feet, 4-1/2-inches (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens Nikkor 80-200 @ 130mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 320). There’s nothing like newspaper photography […]

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Year in pictures II: Editing

Clouds rise over a hillside near Valley Springs (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 110mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/16. ISO: 200). One of the hardest things for photographers to do is to edit their own work. There may be pictures that the photographer has an emotional attachment to but may not be among […]

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The year in pictures: Numbers

The end of the year is a time of reflection, and many news organizations (including The Record) compile their lists of the stories that were the most important over the previous years. Usually it comes down to the top 10. It’s a nice round number, I do it myself in my monthly review of pictures. […]

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Hanging ten

Here are 10 of my favorite pictures from the past year. I’ve shot nearly 1,000 assignments in 2008 and I could have easily come up with 10 completely different photos that I’d be happy with. As in past years, I set aside a folder of favorite photos from those assignments. They could be great shots […]

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Two and half hours of my life

Shelbie Dawson of Turlock, right, does some face painting on Matthew Nissan, 6, also of Turlock at the Children’s Museum in downtown Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800) On Friday, at about 10:30 a.m. I arrived at the children’s museum in downtown Stockton for a […]

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