I was asked to create a film simulation recipe that mimics the aesthetics of photographer Jeff Davenport. Interestingly enough, Jeff uses Fujifilm cameras (X100F and X-H1). He shoots RAW and has his own post-processing workflow that allows him to create the specific looks that he wants. He has a few different styles, depending on what (and what time) he’s shooting. Jeff has several different photographic series, and each has its own look. My attempt here was to create something in-camera that produces results similar to his night pictures.
This recipe, which I call Jeff Davenport Night, isn’t an exact match to Jeff’s look, but it’s pretty close. His blue tends to lean slightly more towards green, but if I replicate that it throws everything else off. Orange in his pictures tend to turn red, which is something I can’t replicate. I think a lot of how a picture looks (both in Jeff’s case and with these settings) depends on the light in the scene. Results can vary greatly. Jeff might possibly use flash with colored gels, as well (something you could try if you wanted). Anyway, despite not being exact, this recipe is pretty close to recreating his look in-camera on my Fujifilm X-T30.
If you want a recipe that is good for night photography, this is one you should consider, along with my CineStill 800T recipe, because of the Kelvin temperature of the white balance, which goes well with artificial light. You don’t have to use it exclusively after dark, as results can be interesting sometimes when used in daylight. It’s fun to experiment with! For night photography, this will be one of your best options.
When I attached my camera to a tripod, I used ISO 1600 or lower. When I did hand-held photography, I used up to ISO 6400. I think if you can take your time and use a tripod, it’s good to use a lower ISO, but you can still get good results with higher ISOs. Because of the use of the Color Chrome Effect, this recipe is intended for X-Trans IV cameras, but feel free to try it on your X-Trans III camera; it will look very similar, but not exactly the same.
PRO Neg. Hi
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: 2650K, -1 Red & +4 Blue
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Jeff Davenport Night” recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:
See also: Film Simulation Recipes
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wow. that is amazing.
Is that your new attempt?
beyond reproducing old films
It’s a new approach.
Thank you always for your details.
I’ve been asked a number of times to replicate the look of some photographer, and it’s typically been a “classic” photographer from the days of film. Once I figured out what film they used I could attempt to recreate it. This was a little different because Jeff doesn’t shoot film. More to come, though, so stay tuned.
Night walking. I like it.
Thanks! I like that one, too.
I was the one asking for this recipe… So a big thank you, amazing work! And very nice night shots! i’ll give it a try as soon as possible, and it definitely gives me ideas to try to develop my own recipes, perhaps based on other Jeff’s works. Again, thank you very much! 🙂
You are welcome! I’m still working on more, so stay tuned!
How would you adapt this for the X-T4/X100V? Would you add any Clarity?
You can use it as-is, but in night photography, I really like what negative Clarity does. Maybe try -2 or -3.
Cool recipe! Just bought a Fuji x70 and as much as I love it, using it at night time is a struggle. Are there any trans ii film recipes for night walking out there? I might have missed it.