Category Archives: Sports

Into each life some rain must fall

It’s been several years since I’ve shot a football game in any kind of significant rain. The drought has made sure that many fall and winter Friday nights would be dry as a bone. Even with last year’s El Niño weather pattern I was able to get away with nary a drop falling on me. [...]

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Random photo #68: Judge for yourself

A line judge’s red hat stands out against the green of court 2 at the University of the Pacific’s Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center during a match between USA’s Dennis Nevolo and Canada’s Phillip Bester in the 2016 Stockton Men’s ATP Challenge Tennis tournament in Stockton

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Time has come today

In a recent article published by Popular Photography, photo agency Getty Images says that it will only take 120 seconds from the time a photo is shot at the Rio Olympics to when it get published on their website. In this day of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat when you can you can post pictures nearly [...]

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By the numbers: Madam I’m Adam

Over the nearly 32 years at the Record I’ve shot a few sports coincidences involving jersey numbers. Once, 3 football players had sequential numbers from left to right, and then several basketball photos where a player and their opponent were wearing the same digits. Recently, I photographed another numerical milestone. During a University of the [...]

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Back up plan

A part of being a professional photographer is the ability to solve problems. If an amateur photographer misses a shot or an entire event due to some technical issue, then all that is lost is a picture. If that happens to pros then they risk losing a job or even a client. I was assigned [...]

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My hit parade

For more than 30 years I’ve been covering all kinds of baseball from Little Leagues to the Major Leagues, and I have never been hit by an errant ball. Even back in the old days, when I had to stand on the field because of using a relatively shorter lens. I’ve had a few close [...]

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Are you ready for some football?

The 2015 high school football season is well under way with week 2 starting on Friday. Football is not only a popular sport to play and watch but to photograph as well. Many newspaper and sports photographers have cut their photographic eyeteeth on football. Here are some tips on shooting America’s most popular game. When [...]

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Random photo #51: Shadows and form

Shadows created by the sun in a cloudless sky capture the form of Australian tennis player Storm Summers as she hits a forehand during her match against USA’s Allie Kiick in the USTA’s Stockton Challenger tennis tournament, a part of the 42-stop Women’s Tennis Pro Circuit Challenger Series, held at the University of the Pacific’s [...]

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A hairy situation

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer…” – ”Hair” by James Rado and Gerome Ragni Last week, I covered a press availability event for the 2015 Supra Boats Professional Wakeboard Tour at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop. Photographers [...]

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Making contact

A “ball on bat” photo is a picture, in baseball or softball, of exact the moment the ball makes contact with the bat (or soon thereafter) and it can be a daunting task for a photographer. The three most important things in shooting such a picture are timing, timing and timing. There is a popular [...]

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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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