Fujifilm X-Trans IV Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Brilliance

Dock in the River – Fujifilm X-E4 – Hammond, OR – “Kodak Brilliance”

Thomas Schwab sent me modification of the Kodachrome I Film Simulation Recipe—he calls this new version Kodak Brilliance. You might recall that Thomas and I worked together on the Kodachrome I recipe, which was an update to the Vintage Kodachrome recipe. Those two recipes (Vintage Kodachrome and Kodachrome I) were modeled after the first era of Kodachrome film. My Old Kodak recipe is also a similar option.

This new version of the recipe isn’t intended to more accurately replicate the film, but instead offer a nice-looking alternative that still retains a vintage Kodak essence. It has a “memory color” that is reminiscent of classic Kodak slide film. I especially like how this recipe renders blues.

Tetons in March – Grand Teton NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Brilliance”

Because the Kodak Brilliance recipe uses Clarity and Color Chrome FX Blue, it’s only compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras. I believe that you could also use it on newer GFX cameras, although I have not personally tested it. For the X-T3 and X-T30, feel free to try it, ignoring Clarity, Color Chrome FX Blue, and Grain size—it won’t look exactly the same, but will be pretty similar.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +4
Shadow: -2
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -1
Clarity: +2
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -1 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1 to 0 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Kodak Brilliance” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X100V and Fujifilm X-E4:

On the Cusp of Spring – Hammond, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Wet Fern – Columbia River Gorge, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Hanging Orange – Hammond, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Blowing East – Hammond, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Beach Staircase – Cannon Beach, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Misty Ocean – Cannon Beach, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Helicopter Behind Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach, OR – Fujifilm X-E4
Shipwreck Shell – Fort Stevens SP, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Peter Iredale at Sunset – Fort Stevens SP, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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  1. Thomas Schwab · March 30, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, at first I want to thank you for sharing my suggestion of an aesthetic recipe using Classic Chrome! I was inspired of 2 oustanding recipes: “Kodachrome I” – by Ritchie Mr. Fujixweekly -, which has a Vintage kind of contrast in and “Kodak Vericolor 160 VPS”, by Piotr Skrzypek, http://www.piotrecipes.wordpress.com , which produces the vibrant colors giving.
    So my intention was to bring them together, what I called “Kodak Brilliance”, finally.
    Honestly, the honor is due Piotr´ and Ritchie´! Thank you both very much for creating these beautiful recipes! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
    I really appreciate being a part of the Fujixweekly community.
    BR Thomas

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 31, 2022

      I can see where the WB and Shift originated. Thanks for pointing this out! Always good to give credit where credit is due. Thank you!

  2. Thomas Schwab · March 30, 2022

    BTW! Very nice series of pictures! 😎

  3. Mark · March 31, 2022

    I love any new recipe; ..The only thing I have trouble with is on my X100v I’m getting very blown out highlights with this recipe. Highlights at +4 and hard Australian light don’t seem to like each other. I will have to lower the highlight value but not sure by how much as yet. More testing for me I guess.

    • Thomas · March 31, 2022

      Hi Mark, I would recommend DR 400 instead of lowering the HL.
      BR Thomas

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 31, 2022

      You’ve got to lower the exposure until you don’t have blown highlights. Go -1 on Exposure Comp (or even lower if you need to). It might seem strange to underexpose so much, but it works with this recipe.

  4. Andrea · April 4, 2022

    Have you considered adapting some recipes to work with a fujifilm xt100?

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 5, 2022

      The X-T100 is much more like X-Trans I & II, and those recipes will “work” on the Bayer models, but they won’t look exactly the same (there are differences in rendering with the exact same settings). It’s worth trying, though, as you might find one you really like. In fact, I’ve done the opposite: used Bayer recipes on X-Trans II (the XF10 Classic Chrome recipe is especially good). I’ve been hoping to get a Bayer model so that I can make more recipes, but it seems as though Fujifilm has discontinued them. Not sure if that is permanent or temporary. Thanks for the input!

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  6. Vasily · September 24

    Thank you for receipe, it is awsome! Got perfect pictures with it. Everything: portraits, stills and low light indoors looks great. Respect!

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