Film Simulation Review: Abandoned RV Dealer with Kodak Portra 400

Journal – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”

I recently stumbled upon an abandoned RV dealership in North Salt Lake, Utah. It’s been vandalized. Broken glass and graffiti abound. Nature is doing its thing, too. It’s significantly dilapidated.

Hugh’s R.V. apparently hasn’t been closed for very long, I believe less than two years, but the building looks like it has been abandoned for a decade or more. One of the reviews I found for this place stated that it looked dilapidated—this was when it was still open!—so it was already in a state of disrepair prior to abandonment, and that partially explains why it looks so bad now. Perhaps more than anything, people have just trashed it since it closed.

I captured Hugh’s R.V. with my Fujifilm X100V using my Kodak Portra 400 film simulation recipe. I love how this recipe looks for many things, including structures. Really, it was an easy choice! This particular film simulation recipe could be many people’s “only” recipe. It’s good for such varied situations, and an abandoned building in afternoon light is no exception. This Portra 400 recipe on the X100V is an especially great combination, and a one camera, one lens, one recipe philosophy could be embraced. I appreciate the film-like aesthetic of my Portra 400 settings.

My challenge to you is for one week (or at least one day if that’s too much) use one camera with one lens and one film simulation recipe. If you don’t have an X100V, that’s no problem, just use what you do have. I think the restriction will empower your creativity. Limitations improve art. If you accept this challenge, let me know in the comments which camera, lens and recipe you plan to use, and also report how it goes. I look forward to your feedback!

Hugh’s R.V. – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Hugh’s Graffiti – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Closed Circuit – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
ERNL – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Open Door, Broken Window – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Trash in the Shadow – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Tubes & Tablets – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”
Out of Office – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Portra 400”

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  1. Chris Ruhr · August 25, 2020

    Ritchie, I have been using one camera, one lens and one recipe for a while now. Since I discovered your Kodak Portra 400 film simulation recipe back in June, I have used this in combination with my X-T3 and XF50mmf2. I love this super compact setup and use it mostly for my nature instagram account @photo_graph_hc . I find that 50mm a perfect focal length and I love to shoot wide open. Your Kodak Portra 400 creates beautiful colours in plants, flowers, trees and landscapes. Definitely a favourite recipe for me as it works for many situations.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 26, 2020

      Awesome! That sounds like a winning combination! The 50mm focal length on APS-C is underrated in my opinion.

  2. William Yu · August 26, 2020

    Ritchie. I have a comment here. Can I have a chance to check the performance of your film simulation recipe in some other weather condition? What I mean: cloudy, rainy or spme other weather condition.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 26, 2020

      There are a couple examples of that in the recipe itself.

  3. Khürt Williams · August 26, 2020

    I have used one camera (Fuji X-T2), one lens (XF27mmF2.8) and one film simulation (Luìs Costa’s colour recipe) for nearly a month. It’s liberating.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 26, 2020

      Awesome! Luis Costa has created some great recipes!

  4. Ken · August 26, 2020

    I’ve just programmed Kodachrome 64 into the Q menu on my Fuji XT30. Have ordered a XF 35 mm F.2 lens today and will be keeping that on the camera for a bit and will use with the Kodachrome 64 recipe.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 26, 2020

      Kodachrome 64 is one of my favorite recipes. The X-T30 combined with the 35mm f/2 is great, I use it often.

  5. Melvin Brinson · August 26, 2020

    I plan to use my X-T4 with the 7artisans 25mm 1.8 and the superia 1600 film simulation!

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 26, 2020

      Awesome! The 7Artisans lens can make for some interesting character.

  6. Jason Phang · August 28, 2020

    Awesome work Ritchie. I’ve been using a one lens per week approach for some time now, rotating my lenses on weekly basis. I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a recipe to the mix. My excuse for not sticking to one recipe is that I’m trying to find out what I like. But honestly, isn’t following the one body, one lens, one recipe approach you wrote about the best way to identify what I like (and don’t like)? I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 29, 2020

      Awesome! You’ll have to report back which recipe you chose and how it goes.

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