Film Simulation Challenge – 1st Roll: Kodachrome 64

Last week I introduced the Film Simulation Challenge, which is where you pick one film simulation recipe and shoot either 24 or 36 frames before changing settings. It’s kind of like loading your camera with a roll of film, and you are stuck with whatever film you loaded until that roll is completely exposed. This challenge is the digital equivalent of that analog issue. I thought it would be a fun experiment to encourage photographic vision while sharing the joy of Fujifilm X cameras.

For my first attempt at the Film Simulation Challenge, I chose my Kodachrome 64 recipe. I “loaded a roll” of “Kodachrome” into my Fujifilm X-T30, which had a Fujinon 35mm f/2 lens attached to it, and shot 36 exposures at a park in Layton, Utah. I did this in the late morning, and unsurprisingly the light was quite harsh, which wasn’t the best match for this particular film simulation recipe. But I stuck with it, just like I would have done in the film days. I used quite a few of the middle frames attempting hand-held slow-shutter exposures to blur moving water, making a number of tries, and ending up with a few frames that were sharp and a bunch that weren’t. I didn’t capture any spectacular pictures, but sometimes that happens with a roll of film, too. I will try another day in a different light and hopefully get better results.


Frame 1: Sprinkler Rainbow #1


Frame 2: Sprinkler Rainbow #2


Frame 5: Sun Tree


Frame 6: Grasshopper


Frame 8: Ducks Beyond The Fence


Frame 12: Branch Over River


Frame 25: Water Over Rocks #1


Frame 31: Water Over Rocks #2


Frame 34: Bright Yellow Blooms


Frame 35: Lots of Yellow Blooms


Frame 36: Bright Seagull

Roll 2: Kodacolor



  1. fragglerocking · August 8, 2019

    These look great! Especially like the sprinkler rainbows. I’ve made a start on my challenge today!

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 8, 2019

      I appreciate it, thanks!

    • Khürt Williams · August 9, 2019

      I like the sprinkler images as well, perhaps because they remind me of summer as a kid.

      • Ritchie Roesch · August 9, 2019

        I know I spent many summer days as a kid jumping into the cool water of a sprinkler.

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