Vintage Bronze — Fujifilm X-T5 (X-Trans V) Film Simulation Recipe

Autumn Rainbow – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Vintage Bronze”

This Vintage Bronze Film Simulation Recipe was an accident. It came about when Fuji X Weekly reader Dan Allen was first trying Anders Lindborg‘s Ilford FP4 Plus 125 recipe, and he accidentally selected the Eterna Bleach Bypass film sim instead of Monochrome. The results were pretty interesting, with a vintage alternative-process aesthetic—which I happened to really like—so I decided to make it an official recipe.

The Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulation is intended to replicate the look of motion picture film that has had the bleach step reduced or skipped. With this Vintage Bronze Film Simulation Recipe, there are some similarities to that (Michael Radford’s 1984 comes to mind), but it also reminds me a little of Kodak ColorPlus film cross-processed in E6 chemistry. Obviously, it’s not modeled after any specific film or process, so any similarities are simply happy accidents. I don’t think this recipe is necessarily a close facsimile to bleach-bypassed motion picture film or cross-processed ColorPlus, and not really an exact match to anything that I have seen, but it’s in the general neighborhood of those alternative-process aesthetics. I think an argument could be made that Kodacolor that’s faded a little is also somewhat similar.

Paperflowers – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Vintage Bronze”

Because of the blue color rendering difference between X-Trans IV and V, this Vintage Warm Film Simulation Recipe is only compatible with (as of this writing) the Fujifilm X-T5, X-H2, and X-H2S. You can use it on those X-Trans IV cameras with Eterna Bleach Bypass, but the rendering will be slightly different (give it a try anyway). I assume that the GFX100S and GFX50S II can also use this recipe, but that it will render slightly different—I don’t have either of those cameras to test it to know for certain.

Film Simulation: Eterna Bleach Bypass
Grain Effect: Weak, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Off
Color Chrome FX Blue: Off
White Balance: Daylight, +6 Red & -8 Blue
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: 0
Shadow: -1
Color: 0
Sharpness: -2

High ISO NR: -4
Clarity: -2
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -2/3 to 0 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Vintage Bronze” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-T5:

Sunset Over White Truck – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Ford Wagon – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
5 & 6 – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Cart Lock – Avondale, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Bus – Goodyear, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Jon in December – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Johanna & Lens Flare – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Outdoor Lightbulbs – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Projector – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Abstract Snow – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Christmas Song – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Winter Guitar – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
A Gift For You – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Joy, Unsure – Goodyear, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Reading the Paper in December – Goodyear, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Sprinkled Donut – Goodyear, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Softdrinks – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Rudolph – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5

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  1. justingould · January 13

    This is really nice, Ritchie. I’m a huge fan of Eterna Bleach Bypass, and I really think it opens up so much new creativity with its dramatic tone and pale colours. This is a great example.

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  3. Vladimir · January 14

    It seems to me that all published recipes for X5 have the same bronze-yellow coating.
    But most likely I’m wrong.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 16

      Well, half of the recipes I’ve published for the X-T5 use Nostalgic Neg., which (as Fujifilm put it) “has an overall atmosphere based on amber.” So I suppose it shouldn’t be too surprising.

  4. Stan Rosenthal · January 14

    Although a bit embarrassed finally to be complimenting your fine series,
    am now vigorously doing so.  This said by a way-older guy who shot a lot
    of what I called modeled-street in the day (pin-point focused controlled
    subject against a closely-surrounding gawky/candid/staring living human
    surround in all degrees of bokeh/movement shape and blur), most at
    60-70mm f/2.0 on my now-ancient Oly E3, a tank of a package.  Played
    amateurish PS for hours and hours following each shoot, and would have
    absolutely loved the freedom Fuji’s in-camera recipes provide.  Would
    still be doing it but for having aged out of the unending hot-degree
    walking hours and overbearing camera/model-duffel loads.  But for the
    shorter mm lens (even with front-ring extender) and not wanting ever
    again to go smaller than APS-C, the camera closest to checking-off all
    the boxes is the lovely X100V, just would be too difficult with any
    consistency to pull off the whole entertaining/posed/candid/living-thing
    act, takes showbiz to pull all together and hours -on-end of showbiz is
    a wearing endeavor. Anyway, keep up the fine work.  If ever I do decide
    that effective 60-70mm street isn’t the only shooting that still excites
    (decades of nature and sport and static compositional burned themselves
    out), sure I’ll be putting your recipe mixes to ultra fine use …

    Stan Rosenthal

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 16

      I appreciate your kind and thoughtful (and poetic) comment! I’m happy to be helpful. 😀

  5. Jonathan M · January 16

    Almost looks like SIGMA’s Foveon sensor look

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