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No More Free Photos

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

BUYING this kind of camera equipment is expensive. I have willingly born the cost for over 20 years, while giving out free pictures, but no more. Now to offset my expense, if you want pictures from me you must pay a modest fee.


YUCAIPA, Calif. – I have been a professional photographer since 1993. I have taken college photography, journalism, and photojournalism classes, along with design courses in Adobe Photoshop, In Design and Quark Xpress.

Expensive? Just ask my wife.

The equipment I shoot with has all been purchased by me. All told, about $15,000 in cameras, lenses, strobes, lighting equipment, film (in the prehistoric age), batteries, camera bags…

I have worked very hard at my journalism / photojournalism profession and don’t regret for a moment the decision to enter this arena, regardless of the expense and low pay.

By now you’re probably asking, “Bob, what is your point?”

Well, the past few days I’ve been asked by five people to send them pictures – FREE pictures. I get from one to two requests like this every month. And I usually comply – though grudgingly.

These requests for FREE photos has increasingly fueled my ire. Ever so now because my six-year-old camera needs to be repaired or replaced. But it’s not worth much, therefore not worth repairing.

But to replace it will cost me $1,500 to $2,000. And replace it I will because I love my passion and can’t imagine giving it up.

But after 20-plus years of giving away FREE photos – no more. It stops effective immediately.

My passion costs me money, and as a professional, I will no longer give away my work. (Can I get some applause fellow photographers?)

So, if you want photos from me, you must pay for them; otherwise, your request will be ignored.

    * OTTO’S PRICE LIST
  • Digital photo – $10
  • 4 x 6 print (black and white or color) – $15
  • 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 – $25
  • Larger sizes contact me for pricing.
  • * Plus shipping and handling

    All ages needed on the fastpitch ball diamond, even Boomers

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
    THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK - You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself (age unknown), and Neil Jones, 64. Both Dave and Neil are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams, but they don't hesitate to butt heads with the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s kids and grandkids. I, of much sounder mind, retired 16 years a go much to the delight and relief of my teammates. Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil's wife / Sept. 3, 2016

    THREE BOOMERS STILL HANGING AROUND THE BALL PARK – You can find some pretty good company at the ball field as I did at the Raymond Angulo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament in Corona, Sept. 3-4. No better friends than Dave Meltz, 66, left, myself, 68, and Neil Jones, 64.Photo By Ginni Jones, Neil’s wife / Sept. 3, 2016

    CORONA, Calif. – Both Dave Meltz and Neil Jones are still pitching fastpitch, primarily for masters teams in So. Calif. In the 1970s, they battled each other in Wisconsin, where both grew up before Dave settled in So. Calif., and Neil in Las Vegas.

    Now they square off in various masters tournaments and in the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) Masters Division.

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    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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    2012 NAFA World Series information, more to come

    Thursday, July 5th, 2012


    The Capitol Plaza Hotel And Convention Center Topeka offers all the amenities that ball players and fans could possibly want. Be sure to visit the hotel and convention center’s website listed below for information.

    DAYTON, OR – Only 35 days remain before the start of the 20th anniversary of the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas.

    Here are just a few details with more to come:

    Topeka, Kansas has 12 fields in three beautiful four-field parks. Topeka is just outside Kansas City and has great historical significance, a beautiful water park, great hotels and will embrace our players in a special way.

  • We have invited Ball Park Radio to come to Topeka, Kansas with Jim Flanagan & Company covering games
  • We have invited Maddy Flanagan to add her “special” touch to team and action photography
  • We have invited Bob Otto to be reporting game results and special interest stories
  • The Seven Founders of NAFA Will be honored. And every 2012 Hall of Fame member present will be honored, and the Hall of Fame Members will be inducted in a special ceremony.

    Our 20th Anniversary ALL-NAFA Team will be announced. (Any guesses? Comment on your predictions.)

    We will again extend everyone’s vacation by having all teams play a four-game minimum (details coming).

    LET’S PLAY BALL!

      “AA” will be Aug. 9-12 (early on the 12th so that teams playing both NAFA “AA” and ISC can do both)
      “A-Major” will be Aug. 9-12
      19-Under will be Aug. 11-12
      “A” will be Aug. 16-19
      “AA-Major” will be Aug. 17-19 for teams after they are out of the ISC and ISC II World Tournament
      Young Men’s 23-Under will be Aug. 17-19

    HOST HOTEL SPECIAL RATE of $74 (1-4 per room)

    Call DENA and ASK for “NAFA” RATE and at 1-800-579-7937

    or email her at dena.soden@jqh.com

    Be sure to visit the Capitol Plaza Hotel And Convention Center Topeka: Capital Plaza Hotel

    Wilson A2000 and fastpitch comeback hit costly snag

    Sunday, March 4th, 2012

    YUCAIPA, CA – When I got married in 1975 my Lake Crystal Blues (Minn) fastpitch teammates bought me a Wilson A2000 softball glove as a wedding gift. The best mitt I’ve ever owned. I loved it. And it’s quite possible that I slept with it the first night I brought it home.

    I believe I may be going through a mid-life crises in trying to reclaim some of my fastpitch-playing youth. My third such crisis, according to my wife.

    This all started about two weeks ago when I told a group of coffee klatch buddies (Nearly all of us in our 60s and 70s) that I’d like to, “throw the ball around a little bit.”

    Most just stared at me in disbelief. Except for Patrick, the youngster of our group at 55.

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    “We Play It Fast” selling fast, place your order now

    Sunday, January 1st, 2012


    Front cover, Stew Sabiston of the Winnipeg Bullets pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series. Back cover top, Trent Rubley; middle, Shane Alder and Chase Turner.

    YUCAIPA, CA – I received my order of 150 books entitled “We Play It Fast” and I’m ready to ship to those who may be interested.

    This is going to be a “one time, limited edition book” so if you want one, you should order before the supply runs out.

    THE BASICS:

    • Size, 8 ½ x 11. Soft cover.
    • 76 stories – including features on some of the sports’ great players: Zack, Sorenson, White, Peterson…
    • 208 photos. Many never printed or seen before!
    • About half NAFA and ISC related stories.
    • Stories extend from my early writing to present day, from 2010 NAFA World Series “A” division level to the ISC level of play.
    • Several stories from contributing writers such as Milt Stark, Kyle Beane, Marc Gillis, Glen Cook, Joe Avila, Bill Hillhouse, Brian Groehler…
    • Book’s writing style: documentary and memoir.

    COSTS, INCLUDING SHIPPING CHARGES:

    • In U.S. $23; Canada $27; New Zealand $35. (Other countries, price to be determined based on shipping charges).

    BOOKS AVAILABLE:

    • Only 135 to be sold! So this may become a ‘limited edition’ book.
    • I’ve set aside books for those who have said they want to buy one – such as the contributing writers. (If you’ve changed your mind, please let me know.)
    • If there’s a demand, I can have more books printed, but must place a minimum order of 100 books.

    ORDING INFO:

    • Payable (U.S. $$) to:
    Bob Otto
    35147 Cedar Ave.
    Yucaipa, CA 92399
    botto3@verizon.net

    WHAT THE READERS HAVE BEEN SAYING

    Bob, received my copy of the book. Thanks so much. I love the book even though it doesn’t have color on the inside… MS

    I received my copy in the mail today, a “must have” for fastpitch fans. I am honored to have the story I wrote about Dave Blackburn, “Game Changer” included as the second to last chapter in the book. Get yours before that headline says “Sold Out” (it’s a limited edition at this point) – JF

    I got the book and it is fantastic. I will be reading it cover to cover. – DM

    …I thought it was pretty good reading and flowed very well. There is a wide variety of topics regarding some current and some older time players. It is truly a coffee table book – MB

    It looks great, congratulations, I know the work that goes into something like that – KB

    Bob, great book. Great history and information. Lots of good photos… a lot of some friends – Rico Garcia, Todd Kensler, Hector Garcia Guillen, Tony N Denise Trujillo Mancha, Joe Hineline and more. Good stories from the old days and good info on today’s young players… – MC

    Please send a copy of your book. Your interest in the game has been rewarding for many. Thank you – JB

    Bob got the book, awesome, made me remember what a great game this is and what a great time I was lucky enough to play it in. It made me sad at times and made me almost smell the wet grass of a early morning game and the excitement of the competition. – GA

    Bob, always enjoy reading your articles. Hope to read them for many more years. – AC

    Great book! – ML

    Got the copy of We Play It Fast last week. Was rushed for time, so I picked it up for a minute to flip through some pages … and ended up reading about half of the book. Great read, and I will recommend it to others. – Cheers, DM,

    Three Men on a Hike

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

    Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large
    raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man
    prayed:

    “God, please give me the strength to cross the river.”

    Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim
    across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

    After witnessing that, the second man prayed: “Oh, God, please give me
    strength and the tools to cross the river.”

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    My two best abilities for hire: sitting and walking

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    YUCAIPA, CA – I met this older lady in the Phoenix airport while our connecting flight to Palm Springs was delayed on Sunday. She’s from Wisconsin on her way to Palm Springs for a three-week stay with her pregnant daughter.

    So we started talking – her much more than I – about Wisconsin weather, Palm Springs’ deplorable heat, farm crops, kids, and dog walking and house sitting.

    The last two items caught my interest. I’m recently unemployed. And despite being an energetic, handsome, talented, likeable, funny, and dedicated, 61, the bleak job market has thrown me as well as many of my fellow Boomers into the ditch.

    It seems the older lady’s daughter started a dog walking and house sitting business a couple of years ago.

    I perked up: “I could do that,” I thought. In fact, I’d be good at it.

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