Fujifilm X100V (X-Trans IV) Film Simulation Recipe: Vintage Color

Sentinel & Merced – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Vintage Color”

This particular Film Simulation Recipe is one that I’m especially proud of. I was tasked to create some settings that mimic the aesthetic of Lisa Sorgini’s Behind Glass project, and I believe I got pretty close. I have no idea if Lisa shoots digital or film, and, if film, what film and process, but my suspicion is that it’s digital post-processed to have a vintage analog look. This recipe captures that aesthetic quite well. I call it Vintage Color.

What I like most about this “Vintage Color” recipe, and it was a great surprise when I discovered it, is that it’s pretty close to the aesthetic of famed Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt, particularly his Yosemite paintings. It may not mimic any specific film, but, no doubt about it, this is an artist’s recipe! I know that many of you will absolutely love it, and it will quickly become a fan favorite. It’s a personal favorite of mine.

Fuji X Weekly App Patrons have been able to use this recipe since May, because this was a Patron Early-Access Recipe on the App. The best App experience is reserved for Patrons, and one of the benefits is early access to some new recipes. This recipe was replaced by a different Early-Access Recipe, so now it’s available to everyone. If you are an App Patron, be sure to look for the new Early-Access Recipe!

Lower Yosemite Falls Mist – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Vintage Color”

This “Vintage Color” recipe is compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4 and X-T30 II cameras. As a reminder, Clarity causes the camera to pause for a moment after each shot; alternatively, try using a mild diffusion filter, like 1/8 Black Pro Mist or 5% CineBloom, for a similar effect.

Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +2
Shadow: +3
Color: +1
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -2
Clarity: -2
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Strong
White Balance: 7350K, -1 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs captured using this “Vintage Color” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

Urban Reflection – Reno, NV – Fujifilm X100V
Storm over Structure – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Windshield Rain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Joy Behind Glass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Caution – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Tracks & Trees – Capitola, CA – Fujifilm X100V
Warm Blossoms – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Golden Forest – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
Forest Sun – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
Half Dome Through The Trees – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
The Captain – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
Merced River – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
El Cap & Merced – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V
Yosemite Creek – Yosemite NP, CA – Fujifilm X100V

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  1. milt · January 28, 2022

    holy nutz!!!!
    “urban,,,” looks like a nice recipe for brooklyn and “olde town” scapes. has a nice feel of a joyce tenneson

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 28, 2022

      Thanks! This really is a great one.

      • milt · January 28, 2022

        tracks and trees has a “stand by me” vibe πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 1, 2022

        Thanks! Maybe so…..

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 28, 2022

      She shot mostly on Polaroid. Definitely a distinctive style. This one isn’t intended to mimic her aesthetic, but I can see it being somewhere in the neighborhood, yet certainly not the same, either.

      • milt · January 28, 2022

        i like images that have a luminescent patina where the images have a “mother color”. i was deceived by your landscapes at first. they’re almost monochromatic lol. it forced me to look closer which i normally don’t do with photographs. honestly, penn is the only one who draws me in. do you know harry gruyaert??

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 1, 2022

        I’m not familiar with Harry Gruyaert but I’ll look him up right now. Thanks!

      • milt · January 28, 2022

        gruyaert uses more darks for drama but he has a similar patina.

  2. Watler · January 29, 2022

    Hey Ritchie
    I just loaded the Vintage Color recipe into my X-T4 and It’s great. I used it on an abandoned location and it’s really good for something like that too. Thank you very much for making this available. Excellent work.

  3. Serge Tremblay · February 1, 2022

    Good evening Sir, I like very much your work with Fuji simulations…Do you think that “vintage color” wlll give good results in winter scenes? Actualy, here in Quebec, it is white, white….

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 1, 2022

      I’m not sure, it might, but it might be too warm, possibly. Maybe try Kodachrome 1 and Reala 100, and see if you like either of those.

  4. Serge Tremblay · February 1, 2022

    Thank you and I will try those simulations and give you a feedback…

    • Serge Tremblay · February 8, 2022

      I did try both recipes, and I prefer the Reala 100 for the brightness of the snow. Thank you again for for suggestions.

  5. Thomas Schumacher · February 1, 2022

    Thanks for that one!
    Your examples look georgeous, Ritchie. For the subjects I tried it I got a way too green cast on it, but once I replaced the film simulation with Classic Negative I was very pleased (which I am with so many of your recipes) with ‘Vintage Color CN’ as my go-to-recipe for rainy city scapes (as here e.g. https://digitalzelluloid.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/3177/ and https://digitalzelluloid.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/3186/#jp-carousel-3191).

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 2, 2022

      Wow, looks amazing! I’ll have to try it.

      • Thomas Schumacher · February 2, 2022

        Glad you like that, too!

  6. David · February 2, 2022

    I am confused. What are the specific steps to create and save film simulations in our cameras?
    Thank you.

  7. freederix · February 7, 2022

    I would love something like that for my x-t1 or x100s

  8. Henry Peter Fanelli · February 13, 2022

    Sure would be better if “how to” camera menu setting were more descriptive I can’t mimic them correctly

  9. Darren · February 14, 2022

    I heard about this site while watching a YouTube video (the second viewing as I missed it the first time!!). So much stuff here to read about and to get involved with. I have downloaded the App and have (partly) written two recipes across to my X-T4. I can’t do everything it says on the recipe as I can’t find certain parameters and others are greyed out/unavailable to me. Still, this has been a welcome eye opener… thank you for your hard work and continued efforts. I’ll be sure to donate πŸ‘πŸΌ

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 15, 2022

      I appreciate your kindness and support! Glad you are here!

  10. Oliver · February 20, 2022

    This recipe is something, thank you for ceating and sharing it ! It makes me think of the Adox color implosion in some way, especially on the “urban reflection” shot. Maybe you can give it a try, for a future recipe ? That would be amazing, as the color implosion was truly an amazing one.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 21, 2022

      I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the suggestion!

  11. Kayser · February 26, 2022

    Hi Richie, Thanks for all the recipe you designed and make the Fuji camera a lot more fun to use. I have a question though, I have a XT-3 and try to set up this Vintage color onto it, while I follow, I cannot dial in the exact white balance value (7350K), there’s only preset K number I can choose from, what did I do wrong? Thanks.

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 1, 2022

      This recipe isn’t compatible with the X-T3. Only X-Pro3 and newer models. Besides Kelvin, your other issues are Color Chrome FX Blue, Clarity, and Grain size.

  12. Cristian · May 3, 2022

    Which Eterna is it, Cinema or Bleach Bypass? Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 3, 2022

      Just regular Eterna, not Eterna Bleach Bypass.

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  14. zach · February 1

    Hey, which xtrans 3 recipe would you recommend that is similar to this and the natura 1600? I recently returned my X-S10 and I’m missing these recipes. I’m using an X-T20 now.

  15. Julius · July 3

    what recipe you suggest for earth tones? I like to use on my pre wedding sessions. thank you!

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