My Photowalk with YOUR Film Simulation Recipes

Fire Ready – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Soft Cinnamon”

Yesterday, I did a photowalk around Gilbert, Arizona, with my Fujifilm X-E4 and Fujinon 27mm f/2.8. Inspired by the Route 66: Sun n Sand Motel⁠ — Trying Recipes (That Are Not Mine…) article that I published a couple of days ago, I loaded five Film Simulation Recipes that I didn’t create into my camera to try out. This post is the result of that exercise.

I found these recipes at various places across the web. The first is “Classic Neg Fade” by Luis Costa, which can be found on his website, Life, Unintended. The second is “Chrome Urban” by Jamie Chance, which can be found on his website, Jamie Chance Travels. For his recipe, I set Color Chrome Effect & Color Chrome FX Blue to Off and Clarity to -2. Next is “Diffused Chrome” by Toqeer Sethi, which can be found on the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipe page. Then there’s “Soft Cinnamon” by Justin Gould, which can be found on his website, Film.Recipes. Finally, there’s “AstiAmore” by Thomas Schwab, which can be found on the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipe page. There are, of course, many other sources on the internet where you can find Film Simulation Recipes.

I chose these specific ones simply because they seemed interesting to me, so I wanted to try them out for myself. And they’re each good. I don’t know if I used them in the situations where they work best—for example, “Diffused Chrome” seems to be more intended for night photography (yet, in daylight, it produces a soft Kodak-negative-like aesthetic). I ended up using “Soft Cinnamon” the most, although not necessarily on-purpose. “AstiAmore” is one I’ve tried before, but wanted to use again.

Abandoned Cart – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “AstiAmore”

I’ve been thinking about community a lot lately. Oxford Languages defines “community” as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common interests….” Within the photographic realm, I do believe there’s no greater feeling of fellowship than that of those who share the common interest of Fujifilm X cameras. Yet we’re all strangers—perhaps you know a few other Fujifilm photographers, but most of us have never met. I want to do my part to foster this Fujifilm fellowship, but I’m not exactly sure what that means right now. Like a surfer who feels the wave building even before it can be seen, I feel that something is brewing, but I just can’t see it yet—I don’t have a clear vision of what it will look like.

All of this was in my mind as I received feedback from yesterday’s post, Is Fujifilm Losing Its Soul? Because that article got shared around the web (I wouldn’t call it “viral” but it did receive a lot of attention), there were non-Fuji X Weekly people commenting and messaging me. Some of it was good input, but some of it was just downright mean and nasty (you won’t find it because I deleted it). Websites like PetaPixel, DPReview, and even sadly Fujirumors, are crawling with trolls, yet this website has largely remained troll-free (yea!). Occasionally one comes along, but it’s pretty rare; however, when articles get shared to the general photographic community, sometimes nasty parasites come with that, unfortunately. I almost let that negativity stop me from sharing this article; thankfully, I didn’t. I’m privileged and honored to be part of this community, which is you guys and gals, because you are good people.

I hope that this “feeling of fellowship” can grow stronger. I think it has to go beyond the anonymity of the internet, beyond our phones and computers, and be more personal. I don’t have the “how” worked out, but perhaps that’s just around the corner. I feel the first step that I can take right now is this article, which is an impromptu casual collaboration with you. I’m always quite busy, but I hope to do more of this in the coming days, weeks, and months if I can. If there’s a particular Film Simulation Recipe that you’d like me to try, post a link to it in the comments.

Classic Neg Fade by Luis Costa

“The first recipe on my camera right now….” —Luis Costa

Whiskey Row – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Classic Neg Fade”
Spiderweb in Cacti – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Classic Neg Fade”
Bikes & Scooter – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Classic Neg Fade”
One Way Parking – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Classic Neg Fade”

Chrome Urban by Jamie Chance

“This setting has grown without doubt into my favorite, every day, go-to simulation.” —Jamie Chance

Beaver & Pine – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Chrome Urban”
Da Bayou – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Chrome Urban”
Page Ave Restaurant – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Chrome Urban”

Diffused Chrome by Toqeer Sethi

“This recipe has been created to be used with a fast prime to keep the noise level down….” —Toqeer Sethi

Unlit Lamp – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Diffused Chrome”
Plant 29 – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Diffused Chrome”
Collab – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Diffused Chrome”

Soft Cinnamon by Justin Gould

“A gentle recipe with a subtle cinnamon tone to the neutrals. Delicious!” —Justin Gould

Market – Gilbert AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Soft Cinnamon”
Hale Theatre – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Soft Cinnamon”
Anti-Lawyer – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Soft Cinnamon”
Barbed X – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Soft Cinnamon”

AstiAmore by Thomas Schwab

“This recipe is a modification of Ritchie’s original Kodak Ektar 100 recipe.” —Thomas Schwab

Golden Cross on Top – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “AstiAmore”
Gold Cross – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “AstiAmore”
Suburban Desert Home – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 – “AstiAmore”

If you don’t have the Fuji X Weekly App on your phone, download it for free today (Android, iOS)! For those who are Fuji X Weekly App Patrons, you can use the Blank Recipe Card feature to manually input recipes into the App, so if you like any or all of the ones above, you can save them to your phone and take them with you on the go. Also, if you have an iPhone, check out RitchieCam!

Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes

If you’ve never visited the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes website—well, go on over right now and have a look around! It’s a place where you can view film simulation recipes created by the Fuji X Weekly audience, and submit your own!

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are creating film simulation recipes and sharing them on their social media accounts, but they’re easily lost and forgotten. I wanted to create a place where you can share your recipes, and where you can find recipes created by others. That’s the idea behind the Fuji X Weekly Community Page—this is a library of film simulation recipes created by you and for you!

If you want even more film simulation recipes for your Fujifilm camera than what I’ve published here, or if you’ve created a recipe that you want to share, or if you just want to check out some pictures captured by others, be sure to visit the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes Page! My hope is that this will become a great resource for the Fujifilm community. Be sure to bookmark it and check it often!

Here are just a few recipes that have been recently added to the Community page:

New Urban by Marcel Fraij

Photo by Marcel Fraij

Infrared 720 by Eric Anderson

Photo by Eric Anderson

Acros day-to-day by Andrew Fordyce

Photo by Andrew Fordyce

Ilford Pan 100 by Andrew Livelsberger

Photo by Andrew Livelsberger

New: Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes!

Can’t get enough film simulation recipes? Have one you want to share? Want to see what others are doing with their Fujifilm cameras? The new Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes page is for you!

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are creating film simulation recipes and sharing them on their social media accounts, but they’re easily lost and forgotten. I wanted to create a place where you can share your recipes, and where you can find recipes created by others. That’s the idea behind the Fuji X Weekly Community Page—this is a library of film simulation recipes created by you and for you!

This project has been in the works for many months. It’s been a labor of love. Web developer and Fujifilm photographer Daniele Petrarolo (website, Instagram) partnered with me to make this a reality. He really put a lot of time and skill into this. Definitely, if you need a website built, visit his page and send him an email! He’s also talented with a camera, so be sure to check out his pictures! Without him, the community recipes page would still be a long ways off and not nearly as good. Marcel Fraij, Thomas Schwab, Julien Sorosac, and others (including my kids!) also had a hand in making this project come to fruition. I want to give a big “thank you” to everyone who participated in this.

If you want even more film simulation recipes for your Fujifilm camera, or if you’ve created a recipe that you want to share, or if you just want to check out some pictures captured by others, be sure to visit the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes Page! My hope is that this will become a great resource for the Fujifilm community. Be sure to bookmark it and check it often!