My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Elite Chrome 200 Color Fade Film Simulation Recipe


JTPX 1204 – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Elite Chrome 200 Color Fade”

I recently ran across some old slides that I had forgotten about, and one of those color transparencies was a frame of Kodak Elite Chrome 200 that was beginning to fade and change color. The picture wasn’t especially good, but it looked interesting because of how the image was transforming. Elite Chrome was a version of Ektachrome, which has been dubbed Fade-a-chrome, as it’s very prone to fading and discoloration, especially if not stored correctly, which this particular picture wasn’t. You can see the fading Elite Chrome 200 photograph below.

I wondered if I could create a film simulation recipe that mimics the look of fading Elite Chrome 200. I experimented with the settings a bunch, but couldn’t get it to look right. After showing my wife, Amanda, she suggested that the digital picture looked too crisp, too detailed. I made some more modifications, and found myself much closer. Not perfect, but very close. I made more changes and adjustments, but unfortunately I couldn’t get it to look better, so I went back to those settings that were very close to being right, which is the recipe here.


DGNO Locomotive – Dallas, TX – Canon AE-1 & Kodak Elite Chrome 200 35mm film

One addition to this film simulation recipe that you’ve never seen in any of my other recipes is Image Quality. I have always used Fine, because it’s the highest quality setting, but in this case Fine was, well, too fine. I set it to Normal instead so as to better mimic the transparency. While I’m sure this particular recipe is not for everyone, those looking for something that resembles film from decades ago might appreciate it, as it has an analog aesthetic, and a look that’s a bit unusual, perhaps a bit lomographic (did I just make up a word?).

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +2
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: +2
Sharpening: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Image Quality: Normal
White Balance: 8300K, +4 Red & +8 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to -2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodak Elite Chrome 200 Color Fade recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:


Green Locomotive – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tank Rider – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tracks By The Refinery – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


American Joe – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Neighborhood Patriotism – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Sidewalk Tricycle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Red Flag – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Peek – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


One Eye Open – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Evening Bike – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Fence & Path – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Out Flowing – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Mountain Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Wet Red Rose – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Rose Blossom Fence – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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  1. fragglerocking · September 21, 2019

    Cracking job!

  2. Helen Fennell Photography · September 22, 2019

    Oh! I like this one very much. One of my gripes with digital photography is that it can look almost too perfect. It had never occurred to me to move away from fine jpegs, which now you mention it, seems really obvious!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 22, 2019

      Thank you so much! I never thought of it until this recipe.

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