New Fujifilm X-Trans IV FXW App Patron Early-Access Film Simulation Recipe: Expired Velvia

Red Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Expired Velvia”

The Fuji X Weekly App is free, yet becoming a Fuji X Weekly Patron unlocks the best App experience! One benefit of being a Patron is you get early access to some new Film Simulation Recipes. These Early-Access Recipes will eventually become available free to everyone in time, including this new one. In fact, many Early-Access Recipes have already been publicly published on this Blog and the App, so now everyone can use them. Patrons help support Fuji X Weekly and, really, without them there would be no App. So I want to give a special “thank you” to all of the Patrons!

This new “Expired Velvia” Fuji X Weekly App Patron Early-Access Film Simulation Recipe came about after a Fuji X Weekly reader shared with me some photographs that he had captured on long-expired Velvia 50 color reversal film. He didn’t have the lab adjust the development time for the expired film, so they were all underexposed; however, they turned out really interesting, with an aesthetic that leaned more towards Superia than Velvia. I think this recipe does a great job of mimicking that look. If you are searching for a Film Simulation Recipe that’s a little different, this is one to try! It’s definitely not for everyone, but some of you will love it. It’s compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras.

If you are a Fuji X Weekly App Patron, it’s available to you right now on the App!

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using this “Expired Velvia” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-E4:

Light Post – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Hotel Door – Flagstaff, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4
Restaurant – Flagstaff, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4
Webs We Weave – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Outdoor Chair Cushion – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Jo Playing with Roly Polies – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
A Boy & His Fishing Pole – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Covered Boat Dock – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Lake Houses – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
‘Bout to Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Wet Rose – Ridgedale, MO – Fujifilm X-E4
Triangles – Hot Springs, AR – Fujifilm X-E4
Fenced Sun – Amarillo, TX – Fujifilm X-E4
A Whale of a Sunset – Branson, MO – Fujifilm X-E4


  1. Khürt Williams · May 18, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, many of your recipes work well for landscapes/cityscapes/street photography. I find it challenging to find one that works well for people, specifically dark-skinned people. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 18, 2022

      That’s a great question. I have had good reports of Kodak Gold 200 and Kodak Portra 400. One that surprised me a little was Bright Summer, which someone did some amazing portraits with (I believe that they might have used #fujixweekly on FB or IG, so you might be able to find them). So maybe try those and see if you like them.

  2. rederik75 · May 18, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, as clarity is the only parameter (apart the grain) not available in other X-trans cameras, do you think a diffusion filter may give similar results?

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 20, 2022

      This recipe uses Classic Negative, so you’d have to have at least an X-Pro3 at the “oldest”.

      • rederik75 · May 20, 2022

        OMG, I didn’t even see the film simulation! 😂

  3. Francis.R. · May 19, 2022

    This recipe has a romantic 90’s rendering. makes me think in “What dreams may come” with Robin Willians, there is a part in paradise filmed in Velvia, Velvia 100 I think.

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 20, 2022

      Oh, I can definitely see that! That’s such a great movie, too, with even greater emotion today than when released. I appreciate your comment!

  4. Ratul · May 19, 2022

    Hey Ritchie!

    Thanks so much for all the lovely recipes. Am not really a professional in any way just a hobbyist and have been experimenting a little especially with grain to really get that film grain look sooc. But for some reason the fuji grain settings just look a bit over done.

    I was looking at some of my Portra shots and noticed that with film the highlights don’t really show much grain and are very smooth but the Fuji grain option adds grain to the highlights as well. I found that using very high iso even in daylight shots and blowing the highlights gives you grain like noise in the shade and noiseless highlights. Do try the following recipe and let me know what you think. I use an x-e4:

    Film sim: classic negative
    Grain effect: off
    Colour chrome: strong
    Colour chrome blue: strong
    White balance: auto no shift
    Dynamic range: dr400
    Tone curve: h-2 s-2
    Colour: +3

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 20, 2022

      I’ll give it a try! Thanks for sharing! You should consider adding it to the FXW Community Recipes page:

      • Ratul · May 20, 2022

        Oh wow! Didn’t know about this! Will definitely post my findings on here. Thanks! Have a great weekend!

  5. Ratul · May 19, 2022

    Oh! I forgot the most important setting, shoot at 6400iso with +2 exposure compensation to blow out the highlights!

  6. Ratul · May 19, 2022

    I keep realizing that I’ve missed some setting lol, last one: noise reduction: -4

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