Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Nature Neon

Setting Sun Trees – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Nature Neon”

This film simulation recipe isn’t mine. It was created by Fuji X Weekly reader Immanuel Sander, who has actually posted several different recipes on his Instagram account (@captn.look). Thomas Schwab was the one who tipped me off to this. There are several really nice recipes that Immanuel has shared, but this one is my personal favorite. I asked him if I could share it with you on this website, and he graciously agreed. Immanuel calls this recipe Captn Look Nature Neon.

I’m not sure what film this might most closely resemble. It’s kind of similar to my Golden Negative recipe (although not exactly), which is kind of similar to FPP Retrochrome (expired high-speed Ektachrome). It’s also almost redscale-ish, a little more subtly than my Redscale recipe. Cross processed film can sometimes have a red/orange color cast, particularly (non-Velvia) Fujifilm transparencies, but I don’t think these settings are especially close to that. Even if this recipe doesn’t look exactly like any particular film, it nonetheless produce very interesting results.

The Road Less Traveled – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Nature Neon”

It’s called “Nature Neon” in part because it uses the Fluorescent 1 white balance, which is also called Daylight Fluorescent or Neon Light. It gives a look as if a red neon light is illuminating the scene. The change that I made to Immanuel’s recipe is that I set Sharpness to -2; he had it set to -4. Thomas prefers it set to 0. Really, whatever Sharpness you prefer to use from -4 to 0 is acceptable.

This film simulation recipe is compatible with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4. This article is a bit unusual in that it features example photographs from three photographers: Immanuel Sanders, Thomas Schwab, and myself. You can see how three different photographers used these settings. I want to give a big thank-you to Immanuel for creating and sharing this recipe, and to Thomas for showing it to me. Thank you, guys! I encourage you to check out their Instagram pages to see more of their pictures.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +2
Color: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -2
Clarity: -4
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Fluorescent 1, +2 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Nature Neon film simulation recipe:

Immanuel Sanders

Photo by Immanuel Sander
Photo by Immanuel Sander
Photo by Immanuel Sander
Photo by Immanuel Sander
Photo by Immanuel Sander

Thomas Schwab

Photo by Thomas Schwab
Photo by Thomas Schwab
Photo by Thomas Schwab
Photo by Thomas Schwab
Photo by Thomas Schwab

Ritchie Roesch

Salt Lake from Ladyfinger Point – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Peeking Peak – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Rocks & Shrubs – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Bison in a Meadow – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Lava Sunset – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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  2. Adam Maizey · September 30, 2020

    Hi there!

    Love your site!

    I don’t suppose you know of a Portra recipe for the GFX50R by any chance do you please?

    I’ve hunted everywhere…

    Cheers Adam

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Ritchie Roesch · September 30, 2020

      I don’t, but I have been told that the X-Trans IV Portra recipes work on GFX. Not sure if it’s the X100V recipe or X-T30 recipes (or all of them). I don’t have any first hand experience.

  3. georgesimpsonart · September 30, 2020

    Looks great. Especially for some of the deep shadow tree shots i do. Will try and put similar settings into my x-e1 thats for sure.

    It looks like you are doing similar thing to the Fuji Industrial by using a cold white balance but using the shift to bring back to daylight?

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 2, 2020

      Kind of, I suppose. Not nearly to the extent of Fujicolor Industrial, though. I appreciate the feedback!

  4. Khürt Williams · October 1, 2020

    Interesting. But no for me.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 2, 2020

      It’s definitely not for everyone! Some will love it, my guess is most won’t try it. I appreciate the input!

  5. Andy · October 1, 2020

    Great job presenting new recipes, sent you $2 the other day!
    Too bad Fuji doesn’t give us an adjustable vignette setting for the film simulations (besides the fixed vignette for Toy Camera mode). That would really add a nice mood to some pictures without the need for external editing.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 2, 2020

      Thank you for your support and input! I think the vignette idea is great! I hope it happens someday.

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  7. Aga L · October 27, 2020

    Nice one. Hope this will work on xt2.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 28, 2020

      No, not entirely. You’re missing Color Chrome Effect, CCE Blue, and Clarity. But feel free to try it anyway, just disregard those settings. Maybe consider doing Highlight -1 and Shadow +1 instead, since you don’t have Clarity.

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  10. Thomas L · October 8, 2021

    Love it! Just ordered my X-E4 and can’t wait to try this and several others for some fall/autumn shooting

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 9, 2021

      Awesome! I love my X-E4. Not perfect, but so much camera in such a small package.

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