Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

— George Eastman.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Exhibition - Maryland Artist Registry

I was selected as one of 23 artists from the 1,680 artists on the Maryland Artist Registry for a juried exhibition at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland. This statewide juried exhibition, curated by Gamynne Guillotte from the Baltimore Museum of Art, highlights the wide range of artists and artwork featured on the Maryland State Artist Registry. The Maryland Artist Registry is a program of the Maryland State Arts Council. The print of mine that was selected for this exhibition is $1.99 a photograph of an arrangement of artificial flowers. This photograph is the product of my philosophy of always carrying a camera. I stopped into Michael's Craft shop to buy materials one day and was greeted by this arrangement in the center of the main aisle of the store. The title comes from the price tag visible on one of the flowers in the lower left of the photo. I am really honored and humbled to have been selected. I am one of only two photographers selected for the exhibition. The exhibition runs from January 21 thru March 26.

Copyright © 2014 by Daniel Humphries-Russ, all rights reserved.


I invite everyone to visit this exhibition highlighting the wide diversity of artists and artwork featured on the Maryland State Artist Registry. Maryland Art Place is located a 218, W. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21201. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00 PM.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Casselman River Bridge - 1813

February 20, 2015, 2:45 PM
Nikon D7100, AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 G at 32mm, ISO 100, 1/80 Second, F/11
Shot in RAW format, B&W conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro, Full Dynamic, Yellow Filter
Grantsville, MD had received 8 inches of snow over the previous two days
February 20, was clear and very cold, temperature at 2:45 PM was 7° F

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walmart Does NOT Return Negatives

Please note, the following applies to 35mm color negative film, C-41 process.

In the last month, there has been a resurgence of frenzied threads, first seen in 2012, where people are outraged that Walmart does NOT return negatives. For every three or four posts that says Walmart does not return negatives there is one that says they do return negatives. Others say that if you have your film "sent out" by Walmart you will get your negatives returned. Walmart sends ALL film out for processing, since removing 1-hour film labs from their stores in 2009–2010. As the customer receipt from a Walmart store in Sacramento, CA plainly says, "Your negatives will NOT be returned. Your images will be on a CD at no extra charge."

I called the "Photo Help" phone number printed on the Walmart Customer Receipt, 800-937-4686. I was told by Debbie at Fujifilm Printing Services Group that when they process 35mm color negative film, they send the images (files) over the internet to the local Walmart which then makes the prints and burns a CD with your JPEG images. She said that they DO NOT return 35mm color negatives.

The bottom line is: if you take 35mm film to a Walmart, they send it out to Fujifilm Printing Services Group for processing. The film is processed by Fujifilm, the negatives are scanned and the digital images are sent to your local store via the internet. Your actual prints are done in your local store on a Fujifilm printer and the files are burned to a CD in your local store. The negatives are discarded by Fujifilm.

For PROFESSIONAL photographers, a list of Fujifilm Professional Printing Labs is available on the
Fujifilm website here:

If you want to know more about Fujifilm USA, their website is here:

One last comment, Debbie said that they do still process 120 color negative film in the C-41 chemistry. If you send 120 color negative film out from a Walmart, Fujifilm Printing Services Group will develop the film and return the prints and negatives to your local Walmart. Seriously though, if you are taking the care of shooting medium format film, do you really want to take it to Walmart? See the link above to find your nearest Fujifilm Professional Printing Lab. For any of you taking 35mm film to Walmart, be aware that they will NOT return your negatives.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another one bites the dust.

Calumet Photographic suddenly closes its doors,
Files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Chicago-based Calumet Photographic has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the liquidation of a business's assets, as contrasted with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy during which a company hopes to reorganize. 

As reported in the Chicago Tribune and by the Associated Press, Calumet's bankruptcy filing lists assets of $50 million to $100 million and liabilities from $10 million to $50 million. This would seem to indicate a healthy company. However, Petapixel, citing court papers, reported that Calumet declared less than $50 thousand in assets and $1 million to $10 million in liabilities. Whatever the details of the financial situation, Calumet's doors were closed on Thursday, March 13. 

Although employees were not given any official warning of the closing, on at least two occasions Calumet had not been able to pay their employees and paychecks that were due on Friday, March 7, never made it to employee bank accounts. One manager indicated that Calumet had been on credit hold with Nikon, Epson, Sony, Fuji and other vendors. 250 people lost their jobs.

Customers had no advance warning of the closing. With the phones disconnected, their website down and Facebook page offline, customers have no information about what will happen with gift cards or equipment left at Calumet for cleaning or repairs.

Just one year ago Calumet had bought assets of bankrupt Penn Camera and Ritz Camera stores in the Washington DC/Baltimore area.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Is it "Art" or is it not?

Norman Rockwell biographer Deborah Soloman reports that when Willem de Kooning saw Rockwell's 'The Connoisseur', an image depicting a Jackson Pollock painting, he said to the owner of the gallery, "That painting is better than anything Jackson could do." "The Connoisseur" can be seen here.

de Kooning said of his own work, "I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kodak Exits Bankruptcy

Kodak emerged from bankruptcy on Tuesday, but it is a Kodak that few of us will recognize. Swamped by digital photography, technology that Kodak invented, it has shed all consumer product lines. Gone are film and digital cameras, film sales, and consumer photo developing. The "Kodak Moment" is dead.

The "new" Kodak will concentrate on printing technology for corporate customers, touch-screen sensor components and film for the movie industry. Having decided to hang on to the motion picture film business, Kodak already announced in mid-June that it would stop making cellulose acetate, the base for movie film. At that time Kodak spokesperson Christopher Veronda said, “We have years’ worth of inventory that we have built up.” So, even as the "new" Kodak clings to motion picture film, it has stopped making such film. With the continuing development of digital motion picture cameras by Arri, Red, Canon, Sony and others, Kodak may never get to use up all of that "years’ worth of inventory".

I wish Kodak all the best, but I fear for its future. Kodak invented consumer photography 125 years ago and I am concerned about Kodak's abandonment of consumer markets. It faces tough competition in its remaining commercial markets, where Kodak has limited market share. Kodak has laid off 47,000 workers since 2003 and shed half of its remaining workforce in bankruptcy. I see more layoffs in Kodak's future. Antonio Perez, Kodak's CEO, said, "Kodak has a very strong brand all over the world." Unfortunately, it is a brand that will no longer be associated with photography. Let us hope that it becomes a brand of the future, and not just a brand of the past.

2013 iPhone Photography Awards

This is an article in the Huffington Post about the winners of the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards. I think you will agree that it proves that "the best camera is the one you have with you".

There are 2.5 billion cameraphones in the world. The iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr. Equal numbers of people, 73%, take pictures with their mobile phones as text with their mobile phones. 91% of smartphone owners take pictures once a month, compared with 73% of digital camera owners.

Each of us has our own unique personal vision. It would seem that our cameraphones are giving many of us a way to realize that vision.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Top 10 Most Expensive Photographs

 Number 10 – $2.3 million – Billy the Kid – Unknown (1880) 
 Sold at Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Denver, CO – June 2011.
 This is the only authenticated photograph of Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid.



Number 9 – $2.7 million  – Untitled #153 – Cindy Sherman (1985)
Sold by Phillips de Pury & Co., New York – November 2010 – 67 x 50 inches
Cindy Sherman was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship



Number 8 – $2.9 million – The Pond/Moonlight – Edward Steichen (1904) 
Sold by Sotheby's New York Auction – February 2006
This early color photograph was made with manually applied light-sensitive gums. One of three prints still in existence, each is unique because of the hand-layering of the gums.



Number 7 – $2.9 million – Los Angeles – Andreas Gursky (1998)  
Sold by Sotheby's London Auction – February 2008 – 62 x 125 inches
Cibachrome print, numbered 3/6 on the reverse


Number 6 – $3.3 million – 99 Cent II, Diptychon – Andreas Gursky (2001)  
Sold by Sotheby's London Auction – February 2007 – 82 x 133 inches
Cibachrome print mounted on acrylic


Number 5 – $3.4 million – Untitled (Cowboy) - Richard Prince (2001-02)  
Sold by Sotheby's New York Auction – November 2007 – 50 x 70 inches
This is a "re-photograph" of a Marlboro cigarette magazine advertisement


Number 4 – $3.7 million – Dead Troops Talk – Jeff Wall (1992)  
Sold by Christie's New York – May 2012 – 90 x 164 inches
Cibachrome transparency in aluminum light box,
This digital montage was staged and shot in studio


Number 3 – $3.7 million – For Her Majesty - Gilbert & George (1973)  
Sold by Christie's London – June 2008 — 57 x 138 inches
Gelatin silver print, in thirty-seven parts


Number 2 – $3.9 million – Untitled #96 – Cindy Sherman (1981)
Sold by Christie's New York – May 2011 – 24 x 48 inches.
This photo is from a signed and numbered edition of 10.


Number 1 – $4.3 million – Rhein II – Andreas Gursky (1999) 
Sold by Christie's New York – November 2011 – 81 x 140 inches.
Digitally manipulated, cibachrome print mounted on acrylic.

Here's the bullet list. 

  • 10 photographs
  • 7 photographers
  • $33.1 million
  • $10.5 million for one photographer's work
  • 2 historic techniques
  • 5 images processed digitally
  • 1 photograph of a photograph

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Alfred Stieglitz on the current state of photography 

"Yes, there seems to be millions on millions of photographers and billions of photographs made annually, but how rare a really fine photograph seems to be. ‘Interesting’ shots. It’s a pathetic situation. So little vision. So little true seeing."

           – Letter from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston, September 3, 1938
              Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University