This Kodachrome I film simulation recipe is an adaption of my Vintage Kodachrome recipe for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras. Of course, those two cameras don’t have Classic Chrome, which makes recreating a Kodachrome look nearly impossible; however, Thomas Schwab figured it out! Thank you, Thomas! You might remember, he also figured out how to recreate Kodachrome II using the PRO Neg. Std film simulation. While this recipe isn’t quite as close of a match to the original recipe as Kodachrome II, it does manage to capture the feel of Vintage Kodachrome, and is as close as you’ll get to that aesthetic on X-Trans I. Because it doesn’t have PRO Neg. Std, this is not compatible with the X-M1.
You might recall that the Vintage Kodachrome recipe is mimicked after the first era of Kodachrome, which was from 1935 to 1960. This Kodachrome was the first film that produced reasonably accurate colors, and, because of that, was the first commercially successful color film. It became the standard film for color photography for a couple decades, and was even Ansel Adams’ preferred choice for color work. The December 1946 issue of Arizona Highways, which was the first all-color magazine in the world, featured Barry Goldwater’s Kodachrome images. While the most popular Kodachrome during this time was ISO 10, Kodak also produced an ISO 8 version, as well as a Tungsten option in the 1940s.
PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2 (Hard)
Shadow: -2 (Soft)
Color: +2 (High)
Sharpness: +1 (Medium-Hard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Auto, 0 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to -1 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using this “Kodachrome I” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-Pro1:
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Really love your recipes. I am a supporter.
I would kike to ask for you to try and create recipes that can emulate the colurs and tones of some masters like saul Leiter, Ernst Haas, Fred Herzog, Fan Ho. It could be very interesting.
Thanks a lot, for your work .
Been a silent follower from your blog and work almost since the beginning, thanks so much for your effort and generosity to come up with these recipes. Did you ever tried to do something like Alex Webb look kinda recipe ?
thanks man, have a great day
That’s a great idea! He often did a lot of darkroom work to get his pictures to look the way he wanted them to, but that doesn’t mean an approximation can’t be done in-camera. I appreciate the suggestion!
Absolutely, it was Kodachrome back in the day, sometimes very contrasty, other times very cinematic, great emphasis in the color tones. Thank you Ritchie!
I appreciate your kind words of encouragement! Thanks for the input!