Fujifilm X-Trans III + X-T3/X-T30 Film Simulation Recipe: Melancholy Blue

Pops of Pink – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1 – “Melancholy Blue”

For this Film Simulation Recipe I wanted to combine the beautiful blues of the new Pacific Blues recipe with the dark moodiness of the Vintage Agfacolor recipe. The result is a slightly melancholic aesthetic that can also produce dramatic results in certain circumstances. It’s great for daylight photography—delivering interesting (yet quite dissimilar) results in both overcast and bright sunlight conditions, including Low Key photography—and it also seems like a good option for some artificial light situations. Despite its versatility, it’s not a recipe that everyone will love; however, I know that a few of you will really appreciate it.

Unless your camera is an X-Pro3 or newer, you cannot save a white balance shift with your C1-C7 custom presets; however, your camera will remember one shift per white balance type, so if each C1-C7 recipe uses a different white balance type, you won’t have to remember to change the shift when you change recipes. There aren’t very many recipes that use the Incandescent White Balance, but now you have another recipe option if you are using this method.

Enlightened Nature – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Melancholy Blue”

This “Melancholy Blue” Film Simulation Recipe is intended for Fujifilm X-Trans III cameras, plus the X-T3 and X-T30. I used it on my Fujifilm X-H1 and X-T30, and it did well on both. For newer X-Trans IV cameras, set Color Chrome FX Blue to Off, Clarity to 0, and Grain size to… either Small or Large, you’ll have to decide which you prefer.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +3
Shadow: -1
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -1
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off/NA
White Balance: Incandescent, +4 Red & -9 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400

Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to -1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using this “Melancholy Blue” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujifilm X-H1 cameras:

Prickly Fruit – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Yellow on Top – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Dark Saguaro – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Buddies – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Lights Along A Wall – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30
Backyard Blooms – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Backlit Trumpets – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Twin Blooms – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30
Climbing Trumpets – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30
Bougainvillea Branch – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Block Wall Shadow – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Does Not Stop – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-H1
Roof Lines – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30

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  1. Rudi Kolb · August 11, 2022

    Ich liebe Ihre Filmsimulationen.
    Es bereitet mir jedes mal eine Freude um sie auszuprobieren.
    So wie auch dieses Melancholy Blue.
    Ich selbst liebe die schwarz weiß Fotografie.
    Vielleicht mal als Anregung:
    Die Ilford Simulationen sind meine Lieblinge.
    Das einzige was mir aus der Reihe fehlt ist
    die Simulation Ilford Delta 100 !!!
    Es wäre für mich ein Traum für meine X-T3 !!!
    Vielen Dank für die viele Simulationen und ich freue mich auf mehr.
    Rudi Kolb (Germany)

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 12, 2022

      Ich danke dir sehr! Ich freue mich über deine netten aufmunternden Worte! Ich habe Ilford Delta 100 und 400 mehrmals ausprobiert und bin nie zufrieden. Ich glaube, das liegt daran, dass ich diese beiden Lieblingsfilme mehr als alle anderen verwendet habe, also halte ich diese Rezepte auf einem höheren Standard, einem Standard, den ich noch erfüllen muss. Hoffentlich gelingt es mir eines Tages, es nachzubauen.

      • Rudi Kolb · August 12, 2022

        Ich warte ;))
        Vielen Dank für deine Antwort und einen schönen Tag noch.
        Rudi Kolb (Germany)

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