Sandhill cranes return

TOP LEFT: A pair of sandhill cranes wade through a flooded field at the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve in the evening west of Lodi. TOP RIGHT: A flock of sandhill cranes flies into the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve. MIDDLE: A pair of sandhill cranes fly past the setting sun on their way to the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve. BOTTOM LEFT: Jill Cauthen, left and her sister Martha Myles, both of Lodi, use binoculars to watch as sandhill cranes fly in to the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve in the evening. BOTTOM RIGHT: A pair of sandhill cranes engage in a courtship dance at the Isenberg Sandhill Crane Reserve in the evening west of Lodi. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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Word up

TOP LEFT: University of the Pacific student Joshua Wong poses for a picture in a photo studio for the One Word Project at the DeRosa University Center on the UOP campus in the Stockton.TOP RIGHT: University of the Pacific student Prajakta Prasana takes a picture during a One Word photo session at UOP’s DeRosa University Center.  MIDDLE: University of the Pacific student Prajakta Prasana, right, takes a picture of fellow student Joshua Wong in a photo studio at the DeRosa University Center on the UOP campus in the Stockton. In the project students pick a word that best describes them or their aspirations then photographers take pictures of them in ways that reflect that word. According to their website, the project, which started 2008, helps to give first year students a “common point of reflection to help them express their level of self-awareness and connect them to their future aspirations.” There are 9 sessions where students can sign up or just walk in each semester (4 left in this semester). Wong picked the word “steak.” BOTTOM LEFT: University of the Pacific student Prajakta Prasana, left, shows her camera’s monitor to fellow student Lena Perry after taking her picture in a photo studio. BOTTOM RIGHT: University of the Pacific student Prajakta Prasana, right, takes a picture of fellow student Lena Perry, who is a goalkeeper for the UOP women’s soccer team, in a photo studio at UOP’s DeRosa University Center.

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Student chill out spot

TOP LEFT: Chihuahua-mix Noah is petted by a University of the Pacific student at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn on the UOP campus in Stockton. TOP RIGHT: Several University of the Pacific students pet St. Bernard Thor at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn. MIDDLE: University of the Pacific students Caroline Bullard, left, Laura Koga, Kristi Yoshioka pet dachshund Hope at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn on the UOP campus in Stockton. Several dogs, provided by the Lodi-based Animal Friends Connection, were on hand for UOP’s Tame the Tiger Week which features activities to help students manage their stress levels. Other activities included yoga, nap stations, and mindful meditation. BOTTOM LEFT: University of the Pacific student Ruth Eskinder pets Dozer, a pitbull/labrador-mix at the Chill Out Spot on the UOP campus in Stockton. BOTTOM RIGHT: University of the Pacific students Joanne Wu, left, and Daniel Brewer pet Schnauzer/poodle mix Kayla at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn on the UOP campus in Stockton.

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UOP’s Ted Leland retires

TOP: University of the Pacific athletic director Ted Leland, center, is greeted by well-wishers at his retirement party at UOP’s DeRosa University Center. MIDDLE LEFT: University of the Pacific president Dr. Pamela Eibeck speaks at Pacific athletic director Ted Leland’s retirement party. MIDDLE CENTER: Ted Leland laughs at speakers’ comments at his retirement party. MIDDLE RIGHT: U.S. judge and former UOP football player Morrison England speaks at the retirement party for UOP athletic director Ted Leland. BOTTOM: UOP athletic director Ted Leland takes the podium to speak at his retirement party at UOP’s DeRosa University Center in Stockton.

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Napa wine country fire relief

TOP: Craig Ledbetter with Vino Farms rearranges donations to make room for more items in a semi trailer at the Lange Twins Winery in Acampo bound as relief for people displaced by the fires in the Napa wine country. BOTTOM LEFT: Water and food are offloaded from a farm truck to be transferred to a semi trailer at the Lange Twins Winery in Acampo. BOTTOM RIGHT: Kyle Lerner with the Harney Lane Winery, right, helps guide Daniel Bravo with Lange Twins Winery in Acampo in maneuvering a forklift to move water and food into a semi trailer.

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U.S. senator Kamala Harris visits Stockton

TOP: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the keynote speaker at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference held at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. MIDDLE: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference. BOTTOM LEFT: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris shakes hands with the public after speaking at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference. BOTTOM RIGHT: Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs, left, hugs U.S. Senator Kamala Harris before she spoke at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference held at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton.

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Random photo #74: Hoops

 

Colorful hula hoops lay on the ground at the YMCA at Manlio Silva Elementary School in Stockton.

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Circle of drums

TOP: Nora Duffy plays the congas in a weekly drum circle with a group of other percussionists at DeCarli Waterfront Square in downtown Stockton. MIDDLE LEFT: Raymond Vega plays the timbales in a weekly drum circle at DeCarli Waterfront Square. MIDDLE RIGHT: Ricky LaTour plays the congas at DeCarli Waterfront Square. BOTTOM: A group of percussionists gather to play various types of drums in a Sunday evening drum circle at DeCarli Waterfront Square in downtown Stockton.

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Readers Photo Challenge: It’s a small world

This month’s readers Photo Challenge assignment was “Close-ups.” There are things that we often overlook living in the regular-sized world. The best of macro/close-up photography looks at the hidden world of the miniature and elevates the details and textures for all to see.

Fifteen readers sent in 83 photos. Here are some of the best examples.

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Rick Wilmot of Lodi new that at any given time during the summer or fall he could find a black widow spider or two in his backyard. With his Canon 7D DSLR camera equipped with a 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens he went looking for one. The whole idea of a macro or closeup photo is to make a small subject Iook big in the frame and the long lens helped the spider appear as a large image without Wilmot having to get too close.

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Many macro photos tend to be of spontaneous situations, but Mike Ratekin of French Camp chose to stage a scene. Using his and his wife’s wedding rings for subject, Ratekin set them on a table at his home. Then he placed a string of Christmas lights in the background. He got the unusual color on the rings by using an LED light and a small blacklight and photographed it all with his Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera. The relative shallow depth of field created nice round bokeh effects with the background lights while a star filter over his lens gave a nice starburst to a specular highlight on the rings.

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When we think of fall, we often envision New England forests turning to colors of orange and red. Teresa Mahnken of Morada captured the essence of fall in a tiny microcosm of her own backyard. She used a Samsung Galaxy 6 smartphone to photograph fallen leaves and a seed pod from a liquidambar tree in her yard. She captured beautiful textures and rich autumnal colors in an image that exemplified the spirit of fall.

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A part of macro photography is to show the beauty in details that might otherwise be missed as we go about our daily lives. Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera to photograph a leaf and a goose feather floating in the lagoon at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera to photograph his pet 12-year old lab “Bonnie” sleeping on his couch. Bonnie’s pink tongue that’s slightly sticking out of her mouth contrasts against the neutral colors of the dog’s fur, couch and pillow.

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Anne McCaughey used a Apple iPhone 6 to photograph a a red plum leaf while out for a walk on Bonniebrook Drive in Stockton. It was an easy think to overlook, after all there can be hundreds if not thousands of leaves littering the streets and sidewalks this time of year. But McCaughey captured the rich red color of the leaf and the texture of its veins as sunlight passed through it.

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Oran Schwinn of Stockton used a Google Pixel XL smartphone equipped with a macro lens attachment to photograph a succulent plant on his front porch.

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A photo gallery of all the entries can be seen at recordnet.com. A new assignment will be issued on October 19.

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Random Photo #73: Smokey sunrise

A blood red sun rises east of the Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove through the smoke from several Northern California wildfires that has settled in the valley.

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