This film simulation recipe began as an attempt to recreate a certain look. It wasn’t successful, and I didn’t like the look of it, but it sat as a C3 preset on my Fujifilm X-T30 for many months. Recently I decided to revisit this preset, and, after a couple of quick adjustments, I had something that I liked. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mimic the aesthetic that I was asked to recreate. Fortunately, it looks pretty good nonetheless, so I’m making it an official recipe.
What does this film simulation recipe resemble? There are some similarities to Eterna 250D developed using the ECN-2 process, but it’s not an exact match. Maybe push-processed Eterna 250D? I’m still not sure, as I didn’t find very many examples to compare it to. Since I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe, I named it Eterna v3. The original Eterna recipe can be found here and the Eterna v2 recipe can be found here.
While I think this recipe does well enough in many circumstances, it seems to be best suited for sunny days, including “golden hour” photography. This recipe isn’t directly compatible with the Fujifilm X-H1 because it uses Color Chrome Effect; however, if you want to use it on the X-H1, simply ignore CCE and try it anyway—it will look slightly different, but you might like it anyway. For “newer” X-Trans IV cameras, like the X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II, you’ll have to decide what Grain Size to select—either Small or Large—but otherwise this recipe is compatible with your camera.
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, -1 Red & -1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3
Below are all camera-made JPEGs captured using this Eterna v3 Film Simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30 camera:
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