My last film simulation recipe was modeled after a look by photographer Jeff Davenport. Jeff has several different aesthetics, depending on his project. His Venice Beach Canals series has an interesting look that I wanted to attempt. I recognized right away the “look” that he created: orange and teal. Early color photography used two color layers (instead of three), orange-red and blue-teal. Digital software can mimic this aesthetic, and the strength of it can be adjusted. Exposure X5 software has a one-click preset for it. Jeff has customized his images to where both orange and pink lean towards peach.
I had a few ideas of how to create this look in-camera on my Fujifilm X-T30. I tried out those ideas and did some experiments, but unfortunately none of them worked. What you see here is the closest that I came to recreating Jeff’s Venice Beach Canals aesthetic. It’s not especially close, but I like it nonetheless. What this recipe actually reminds me of is Provia or Sensia cross processed. Cross processing color reversal film in C-41 chemicals isn’t uncommon. I’ve done it several times myself. I’ve already created a cross process film simulation recipe, but that recipe and this one produce somewhat different looks, despite both emulating cross processed film.
When I created this film simulation recipe, I didn’t intend for it to look cross processed. It was after the fact that I decided it resembled that analog effect. If I wanted it to more resemble cross processed film, I’d probably set Grain to Strong, and consider setting Shadows to 0; however, I do like the results from the recipe as-is. Feel free to adjust it to your own personal preferences. This recipe is compatible with X-Trans III & IV cameras.
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: 7700K, -8 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to -2/3 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Cross Process film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:
See also: Film Simulation Recipes
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Thanks a-lot dear, I was waiting for this look for long time, orange and teal feeling ..
Still waiting to see the kodak vision3 recipe
thanks one more time.
You are welcome! I will continue to work on vision 3.
Can not wait test it! Going to call it “Cross Process II”
Thank you! So many ideas! That time must not be boring…
Cross Process II is a good name. Let me know what you think of this recipe!
Really nice simulation, some tests today with my “old” X-E3, I really like, well done.
I didn’t know this photographer, thank you for the discovery.
I read an interview, I really like his work & his very minimal bag, 2 lenses, X100F & X-H1 and flashs.
Echo Park or Olympia will be really great too 😉
Do you have any composition tips? I really like your photos about composition aspect. If you make a blog post about this It will be great.
That’s an interesting idea. I think it could be a series of posts. Thank you for the suggestion!
Very nice guide! I have a question, if you are so inclined to answer: Is the white balance either “7700k” or “-8 Red & -3 Blue”, or is it “7700k with -8 red/-3 blue”? And if it is the latter, how can i change the red an blue with 7700k? Thanks so much!
It’s both. In the White Balance menu, when you select 7700K, arrow over to the right to open the WB Shift menu.
I tried this simulation on my Gfx50r and since almost a week, this is my absolute favorite. I’ve slightly modified the WB to 7700k R-5 B-3.
The colors are to die for, most people love it, the first reaction is always: “take a look at this colors” :))
Awesome! I’ll have to give that a try. It’s always ok to “season to taste” any recipe. I’m so glad that you like it, and you got it to work for you.
the canals scenes in davenport’s images are very flat – i think that’s why he shot his buildings full frontal. and the shadows are open. no darks at all. even when davenport uses persepctive like his echo park street scenes, it’s all flat. the color and detail are constant throughout, irrespective of things that are near or distant, so it brings everything to the same plane. they remind me of vermeer’s painting of a house in delft
It’s definitely challenging to recreate, both the tones and color, straight out of camera. The new tools on the newer cameras might make it possible to get closer, but I don’t think a great match is possible. Still, I might just try….
I love the orange-teal look, and I think this Cross Process is pretty close, if you allow me the audacity. I’m just setting mi adored X-Pro3 and I doubt what to do with Grain Size and Color Chrome Effect Blue, maybe set them to zero?
Thanks a lot for doing this, my friend, you inspire a lot of people!
I would use Color Chrome FX Blue Off and Grain size Large. I appreciate your kindness and encouragement!