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Check out SCIFL men’s fastpitch photos

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single during a 2016 SCIFL Alliance Tournament in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

BURBANK, Calif. – Though the game has dropped off in numbers over the past thirty years, the game still lives on for diehard, committed men’s fastpitch players and fans of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

  • Check out how the game is played SCIFL style: Men’s Fastpitch Photo Galleries.
  • Photos of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Friday, June 16th, 2017

    JAKE BENDER drills a pitch into left-field to help the Oklahoma Sykos defeat the So. Calif. Budmen, 6-1, in the first-round of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Friday. The Sykos are competing in the 16-team A division that concludes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) has posted photos I took of the annual Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s fastpitch Tournament.

    For a viewing, click on: 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip Photos

    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.

  • 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

    Putting a period on 2014 NAFA World Series book

    Thursday, June 4th, 2015


    YUCAIPA, Calif. – After four months, three edits, and changes, changes and more changes…the 2014 NAFA World Series book is just about finished.

    I’m working on the photo gallery section and experimenting with some photo collages such as this one of Cleon’s first baseman Scott Andersen, who had a good World Series.

    As one of my editors would tell me whenever I spent way to long on a story and he wanted me to wrap it up, “Otto put a period on it!”

    And so next week the period shall fall mightily and the manuscript will be sent to the publisher for printing.

    For those interested, I’ll have ordering information once it’s available.

    NAFA World Series photos, gallery eleven

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – NAFA World Series various team photos of Ramsey Financial (Bowen, IL), Thunder, Northwest 18-under, Capitals 23-under, Sand Prairie 23-under, Waseda University, and various All World awards and celebrations.

    Enter Otto’s Photo Gallery

    NAFA World Series photos, gallery ten

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – NAFA World Series photos of the Thunder, Northwest Implement, Crowbar, Scarlets, El Paso Steel, Goring Lawn Care, Capitals, The Bar, Waseda University, and more…

    Enter Otto’s Photo Gallery

    Check out Minor’s Gold-Macias Photo Gallery

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

    Libby Pederson blasts a solo home run in Minor’s Gold-Macias, 8-0, first game victory over Bad Company of Georgia.
    Photo By BOB OTTO

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    HEMET, CA – The Minor’s Gold-Macias girl’s fastpitch softball team is off to a 2-0 start in the ASA Girl’s 18-Under National Championships.

    Visit my Smugmug photo gallery to see the girl’s in action:

    Click here for photo gallery

    Friday night football puts our troubles on hold

    Saturday, September 5th, 2009

    Summit and Etiwanda high schools’ played an exciting game won by Etiwanda, 20-17, in the closing minutes, but the game also gave us fans a few hours respite from our cares and worries.
    By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

    COLONY HIGH SCHOOL, ONTARIO, CA – The news of late has been downright depressing: “Budget deficits expected to reach $9-trillion in 10 years,” “Arson suspected in Oak Glen and Yucaipa fires,” and “Worst downturn (unemployment) in decades.”

    Who could blame us if we buried our heads under our pillows and hid from the world in a state of worry and depression?

    (To see photo gallery and slide show of the game, click on the gallery link at the end of the story.)

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