Film Simulation Recipe Compatibility: X-Trans IV

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X-Trans III

Those with Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras, which include the X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3, X100V and X-T4, have the most film simulation recipes to choose from. There are currently five X-Trans IV cameras, and they actually fall into two groups: “Old” (X-T3 & X-T30) and “New” (X100V, X-Pro3 & X-T4). The two groups have different options. The latter has the new Classic Negative film simulation (also the new Bleach Bypass film simulation on the X-T4), Color Chrome Effect Blue, Clarity, new Grain options, and new B&W Toning. This means that the recipes that are intended for the X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4 are not compatible with the X-T3 and X-T30, with the exception of Kodak Tri-X 400, which is compatible with X-Trans III & IV (just follow the directions explained in that recipe). I do hope that Fujifilm adds these new features to the X-T3 and X-T30 via firmware updates.

X-T3 & X-T30

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The list below are the film simulation recipes that are intended for use on the X-T3 and X-T30. Also, all of the X-Trans III recipes are also fully compatible with these two cameras, so you have that list to choose from, too.

Kodachrome 64
Kodak Gold 200
Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 400
Kodak Vision3 250D
Eterna
Expired Eterna
Eterna Low-Contrast
Polaroid
Polaroid II
Analog Color
Jeff Davenport Night
Faded Color
Vintage Color Fade
Elite Chrome 200 Color Fade
Color Negative
Fujichrome Sensia 100
Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed
Warm Contrast
Bleach Bypass
Kodacolor
Kodacolor II 126
Classic Slide
Urban Vintage Chrome
Fujicolor 100 Industrial
Lomography Color 100
Velvia
Redscale
Cross Process
Acros
Monochrome Kodachrome
Ilford HP5 Plus Push-Process
Ilford Delta Push-Process
Dramatic Monochrome
Faded Monochrome
Split-Toned B&W
Cyanotype
Sepia

If you have an X-Trans III camera, you can use some of the recipes above, even though they are intended for X-Trans IV. Those recipes that use the Eterna film simulation are only compatible with the X-H1, because that’s the only X-Trans III camera with Eterna. Those that call for Color Chrome Effect or B&W toning are not fully compatible with X-Trans III (but some can be used anyway, it will just look a little different). Others, such as Portra 160 and Warm Contrast, are actually full compatible with X-Trans III, because Color Chrome Effect is Off.

X100V, X-Pro3 & X-T4

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The film simulation recipes below are only compatible with the X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4, with the exception of Kodak Tri-X 400 (just follow the instructions in that article). Expect this list to grow significantly over the coming weeks and months, as I have a number of different recipes in the works.

Kodachrome 64
Kodak Portra 400
Fujicolor Reala 100
Fujicolor Superia 100
Fujicolor Superia 800
Fujicolor Superia 1600
Classic Negative
The Rockwell
Bleach Bypass
Cine Teal
Kodak Tri-X 400
Sepia

All of the X-Trans III and “Old” (X-T3 & X-T30) X-Trans IV recipes are fully compatible with the X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4, but with two caveats: Grain and B&W Toning. You’ll have to decide if you want Grain set to Small or Large. That will be your call, whatever you think is most appropriate for your pictures. If the recipe calls for B&W Toning, you’ll have to figure out how the new B&W Toning translates, because it’s different. Other than that, all of those recipes are yours to use, in addition to the ones listed above.

Now it’s your turn! Which recipes are your favorite and what cameras are you using them on? Let me know in the comments!

Film Simulation Recipe Compatibility: X-Trans III

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Bayer, X-Trans I & II

Those with Fujifilm X-Trans III sensor cameras, which include the X-Pro2, X100F, X-E3, X-T2, X-T20, and X-H1, might be unaware which film simulation recipes to use. I’ve published around 80 different film simulation recipes, so which recipes are compatible with your camera? The answer is simple: all of the ones in the list below:

Velvia
Astia
Classic Chrome
Vintage Kodachrome
PRO Neg. Hi
Fujicolor Superia 800
CineStill 800T
Eterna
Kodak Portra 400
Kodak Ektar 100
Cross Process
Kodachrome II
Dramatic Classic Chrome
Vintage Agfacolor
Aged Color
Kodak Ektachrome 100SW
Fujicolor Pro 400H
Agfa Optima
Classic Negative
Cine Teal
Acros
Acros Push-Process
Agfa Scala
Ilford HP5 Plus
Tri-X Push-Process
Sepia

If you have an X-Trans III camera, you have many recipes to choose from. Yet you actually have many more options than that. You see, X-Trans IV recipes intended for the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30 (not the X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4, as that’s a whole other situation) are mostly compatible with your X-Trans III camera. The only X-Trans III camera with Eterna is the X-H1, so those X-Trans IV recipes that require the Eterna film simulation will work on that one camera only, and will not work on any other X-Trans III camera. Color Chrome Effect and B&W Toning are the two other features that are added to X-Trans IV. Not all of the X-Trans IV recipes call for those features, which makes those particular recipes fully compatible with X-Trans III. Those that do call for CCE or Toning can still be used, but results will be just a little different. In other words, those X-Trans IV recipes intended for the X-T3 and X-T30 are, for the most part, either fully or mostly compatible with X-Trans III cameras, especially if you have an X-H1, so I invite you to give them a try and see what you think!

X-Trans IV

Traveling With Fujifilm, Part 3: Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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Abandoned Dream – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

Part 1  Part 2

In 1970, E.B. White published a fictional children’s novel called The Trumpet of the Swan, which is largely set in Red Rock Lakes, Montana. E.B. White is probably best known for penning Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, both of which are literary classics. While The Trumpet of the Swan is not as well known as the other two books, it is also considered a classic children’s novel. Not long before our road trip, we read this book as a family.

My 10-year-old son, Jonathan, who likes geography—you will frequently find him looking at maps and drawing maps—said to me, “Look, I found Red Rock Lakes!” He pointed to a spot on the map that appeared to be very close to our campsite in Island Park, which is in Idaho but very close to Montana. It turns out that the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, which is where the book is set, was only an hour drive away from our campsite. We made plans to visit this remote refuge while there.

The Red Rock Lakes area features lakes, rivers, marshlands, prairies, forested uplands, and mountain peaks. It’s highly diverse. Over 250 species of birds have been spotted in the refuge, including the illusive trumpeter swan, the main character of E.B. White’s novel. Moose, elk, deer, bears, wolves and many other animals call this place home.

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Upper Red Rock Lake – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

The road to Red Rock Lakes is dirt. Rough at times, lightly flooded at times, and narrow at times, and quite rural the entirety, this was a fun drive in our four-wheel-drive truck. We did see some other cars and people, plus plenty of UTVs, but mostly we were alone. Not many people venture out to this lonely place. Red Rock Lakes might not be easy to get to, but it is highly rewarding and worth the journey.

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is incredibly beautiful! Breathtakingly beautiful at times, in fact. It’s a landscape photographer’s playground! I didn’t see much wildlife myself, but I image that wildlife photographers would love this place, too. Upper Red Rock Lake (which I have no idea why it’s named that as I didn’t see many red rocks) is surprisingly still and reflective. It reminded me a little of the Great Salt Lake, but smaller and freshwater. In some ways the refuge was like stepping into E.B. White’s book, and seeing it in person brought the words to life. I would love to spend several days there, not just a few hours. I hope to someday return.

These photographs were mostly captured with a Fujifilm X100V, and a couple were with a  Fujifilm X-T30 and Fujinon 90mm f/2 lens. On the X100V I used my “The Rockwell” and Kodak Tri-X 400 film simulation recipes. On the X-T30 I used my Velvia and Tri-X 400 recipes. Both cameras are great, but the X100V is such a wonderful travel camera that it renders the other gear largely unnecessary.

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Red Rock Lakes Sign – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red Rock Road – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Frontier Hills – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Dilapidated Dream – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Abandoned House by the Hill – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Green Hills – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Distant Mountains – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Meadow – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Wildflowers 1 – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Wildflowers 2 – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wildflower Meadow – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wildflowers in the Forest – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Forest Flowers – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Flower in the Forest – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 90mm

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Poolside – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red Rock Lake in Green – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Algae Water – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pelican on the Shore – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Looking For Trumpeter Swans – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Grey Reflections – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 90mm

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Upper Red Rock Lake Monochrome – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Monochrome Lake Reflections – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Water Pipe – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

Part 4 coming soon!

Shrinking Camera Market: What Fujifilm Should Do In 2021 & Beyond

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Fujifilm X100V captured by a Fujifilm X-T1

It’s no secret that camera sales have been declining for several years. The global pandemic has unsurprisingly significantly impacted the camera industry. Some companies have had bigger declines than others, and I think over the coming couple of years we’ll see some camera makers restructure, put themselves up for sale, or go out of business altogether. What should Fujifilm do to minimize declines and maximize profits in these tough times?

I’m not an industry insider or business expert. There aren’t any good reasons why Fujifilm should listen to me on this topic (other than I’m one of their customers). Besides, they have a pretty darn good track record for dealing with change within the industry and economy. Fujifilm doesn’t need my help. This article is more for my own enjoyment and perhaps yours. It’s fun to consider and discuss this topic. I don’t expect anything else to come from this.

Camera sales have been declining since the collapse of the compact camera market. Cellphone camera technology has come a long ways, which has rendered point-and-shoot cameras obsolete. The casual amateur snap-shooter uses their phone now to capture pictures, and has no need or interest in another camera. Before cellphone cameras had decent image quality, camera manufacturers were selling cheap automatic cameras to these folks. Lots and lots of them. But now that market is all dried up.

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Captured with a Fujifilm X-T1. This camera is four models old but is still quite capable.

The more serious shooters are still buying cameras, but cameras have reached a point of diminishing returns. Digital technology changes quickly, but if a camera is already really good, these improvements have less of a practical application. For instance, if a photographer finds that his or her camera’s autofocus is already more than good enough for their photography, a quicker autofocus system won’t likely tempt that photographer to upgrade. If a photographer finds that his or her camera already has enough resolution for the size they print, more resolution won’t likely tempt that photographer to upgrade. In other words, photographers by-and-large are keeping and using their gear for longer than they did 10 years ago, or even five. Digital is still disposable, but it is becoming less so, or at least photographers are beginning to realize that they don’t need to “upgrade” as frequently as they used to.

The camera industry isn’t Fujifilm’s main business. After the film collapse, Fujifilm diversified, and now they’re a pharmaceutical and cosmetics company that also happens to sell cameras. Their camera arm, which is just a small part of their business model, is doing better than many other camera makers right now. Still, the current market is impacting Fujifilm, and will continue to do so, which means Fujifilm might need to consider some changes.

Fujifilm has several camera models that are essentially the same, but look different and have only small feature differences. Fujifilm should consider ways to either further differentiate their similar models or combine them into one. The X-T200 and the X-A7 have nearly identical features, and having both models seems redundant. The X-Pro3 was made more unique to further separate it from the X-T3, and that worked out well, I believe. I look at the X-E line, which I love. My first Fujifilm camera was an X-E1. The X-E3 is so similar to the X-T20, aside from camera body design, so what differentiates the two besides shape? Fujifilm should consider discontinuing the X-E line, or do something to the eventual X-T40 or X-E4 to better differentiate the models. For example, if Fujifilm added IBIS to the X-T40 or made the X-E4 a black-and-white only camera (the “X-E Acros” is what I’d call it), that would separate them, and Fujifilm would have unique models. I think, alternatively, the X-T40 could basically be transitioned into a higher-end model, and serve as the (eventual) X-T5 without IBIS. The X-H line, now that the X-T4 has IBIS, is also redundant, so the X-H2 would need something to make it stand out, such as 8K video. Since the X-T4 has been so well received, I’m not sure how much of a market there is for an X-H2, but Fujifilm insists that this camera is in the works. It will be interesting to see it when it comes out, perhaps next year, and how well it does.

Fujifilm has situated itself as the leader in digital medium-format. It seems like overnight they went from not-even-in-that-market to top-dog, thanks to the success of the GFX line. Still, it’s more of a niche market than anything mainstream. I think what’s missing is a “budget” rangefinder-style 100-megapixel camera without IBIS. Essentially a GFX-50R, but with the 100MP sensor of the GFX100 inside. Maybe Fujifilm should consider adding IBIS to whatever camera replaces the GFX-50S. I have no idea how profitable this line has been for Fujifilm, and if it will stand the test of time, but I think it was smart of Fujifilm to jump into a market that they could easily dominate.

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This is a camera-made JPEG from a Fujifilm X100V, but looks more like film.

Something else that I think Fujifilm should consider is replacing cameras less frequently. When they release a camera and then replace it with a new model one year later, that’s too soon. Two years is too soon. Three years should be a minimum between updated cameras, and four to five years is even better. I know this might sound counter to what consumers want, but X-Trans III cameras, such as the X100F, X-T2, X-T20 and X-E3, are still very excellent! The X-E3 hasn’t been replaced yet, and the X100F was only recently replaced after three years, but the X-T2 is three models old now, and there’s already “talk” of an upcoming X-T40, while the X-T30 isn’t even a year-and-a-half old yet. It’s better to get the most out of a model, then replace it with something that’s a significant improvement over the previous edition. There’s a latin phrase festina lente, which means “make haste slowly.” Fujifilm needs to keep pushing the envelope and strive to produce more technologically advanced cameras, but not be too eager to release new models that only have small improvements over previous versions. If Fujifilm were to update the firmware on the X-T3 and X-T30 to breathe new excitement into these models, these cameras could still be sold for another two years easily.

There’s one more important point that I’d like to make, and this relates to Fuji X Weekly. I think Fujifilm needs to focus even more on JPEGs. I’ve discovered that there’s a huge community of photographers who love the camera-made JPEGs produced by Fujifilm cameras, whether straight-out-of-camera or with X RAW Studio. The film simulations—a brilliant idea by Fujifilm—were just the tip of the iceberg, and now film simulation recipes are all the rage. There’s something big here, bigger than I think Fujifilm realizes. Yes, Fujifilm has demonstrated their commitment to the JPEG with the X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4, but they need to continue their commitment on future models. This is a fairly unique angle that Fujifilm has. While other camera makers do, in fact, have some nice JPEGs, Fujifilm is perhaps the only brand with a cult following based on it. They should absolutely capitalize on that, more so than they have been.

I doubt that Fujifilm will read this article, and I’m even more doubtful that they’ll make any internal changes based on it. I think it’s sound advice, but what do I know? Whether or not Fujifilm does any of the things I suggest, I think they’ll be just fine and will weather this “storm” without too much trouble. The guys running the company seem pretty smart to me, and are doing just fine without my advice. It will be fascinating to see exactly what happens within the camera industry in 2021 and beyond, and what Fujifilm does to find success during these tough times.

Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Fujicolor Superia 800

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Flags of IKEA – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 800”

One of the earliest film simulation recipes I created that was intended to mimic a specific film was Fujicolor Superia 800, which I made on a Fujifilm X100F about two-and-a-half years ago. This is a recipe that I’ve used often; I especially like it on overcast days. When I published the Superia 800 recipe, I stated, “It’s not a 100% match [to the film], but I feel like it’s convincing enough….” I think that’s a true statement, but with the new tools available on the X100V, could I create a closer match, one that might be even more convincing?

Classic Negative needed to be the starting point for a new Fujicolor Superia 800 recipe since this new film simulation is “modeled after” Fujicolor Superia with “Superia-like” colors. I incorporated the new Clarity and Color Chrome Effect Blue features into this recipe. Unfortunately, Clarity slows down the camera considerably, so you’ll either have to accept the slow speed (which is what I do) or add Clarity later by reprocessing the RAW file. I think this new recipe is indeed a closer match to actual Superia 800—in fact, you could likely convince people that you shot film!

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Horse Boarding – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

I think this recipe might be my favorite of the Superia recipes that I’ve created thus far. If you like my Superia 100, Reala 100, and Superia 1600 recipes, you’ll certainly like this one, too! It has a great analog aesthetic. It’s pretty amazing that you can get this look straight out of camera. This Fujicolor Superia 800 recipe is (as of this writing) only compatible with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4.

Classic Negative
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -1
Shadow: +1
Color: -1
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -1
Clarity: -4
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Daylight, -1 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Fujicolor Superia 800 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

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Line Begins Here – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Fire Suppression – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Trash – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Family Friendly Parking – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Waiting for Hope? – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Waiting to Enter – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Waiting Reflection – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Keeper of the Door – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Entrance – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Cloud Above Yellow Wall – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Two Flag Poles – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Home Furnishings – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Upplaga – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Track Closed – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Artificial – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Hanging Patio Lights – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Two Step – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red Light – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Rainbow Spirit – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Chair Back – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Joshua Eating – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Brother & Sister on the Couch – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Balcony Railing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Umbrella Unopened – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Sunlight Sky & Green Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Ripening Soon – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Fallen Log in the Forest – Monte Cristo, UT – Fujifilm X100V

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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Fujifilm XQ1 (X-Trans II) Film Simulation Recipe: Lomography Color 100

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Backlit Backyard Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1 – “Lomography 100”

My second attempt at a film simulation recipe for the Fujifilm XQ1, which has an X-Trans II sensor, was Lomography Color 100. I have a recipe for this film for X-Trans IV cameras, such as my X-T30, and this is a conversion of that recipe for X-Trans II cameras. Honestly, this version isn’t quite as good as the X-Trans IV version (because the newer cameras have more JPEG options), but it’s still a good all-around, everyday film simulation recipe.

As I explained in my X-Trans IV recipe, there are three and perhaps four different emulsions that have been sold under the Lomography Color 100 name. Making a recipe that matches the film is impossible for that reason. Besides, people who use this film also often use alternative techniques, such as push-processing. Lomography Color 100 can have many, many different looks; despite that, this recipe is in the general ballpark of the film.

Velvia
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2 (Hard)
Shadow: 0 (Standard)
Color: -2 (Low)
Sharpness: 0 (Standard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Cloudy/Shade, -3 Red & +7 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 1600
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs made using this Lomography 100 film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm XQ1:

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Green Leaves & Blue Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Rooster Roof – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Promenade – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Towing – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Yellow Hitch – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Rusty Ford – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Camper Special – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Grate Airport Bus – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Major Award – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Abandoned Truck Trailers – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Graffiti Truck – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Yucca Leaves – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Sunlight Through The Green Tree – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Evening Tree & Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Red Berries – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Irrigation Cover – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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White Thistle – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Rocky Landscape – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Single Reed – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Reeds Reaching To The Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Jonathan Outside – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

See also:
Fujifilm XQ1 Cross Process Film Simulation Recipe
Film Simulation Recipes

Fujifilm X100F Review Blog

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Traveling With Fujifilm, Part 2: Dirty Jobs & Failed Dreams in Rexburg

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Grease Work – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell”

Part 1

These photographs were all captured at the same place: a Jack-in-the-Box in Rexburg, Idaho. On the very first day of the road trip we stopped in Rexburg for lunch. You just never know when photographic opportunities are going to present themselves, so it’s a good habit to have a camera within easy reach. For me, that was the Fujifilm X100V. Surprisingly, that Jack-in-the-Box in Rexburg provided the chance to create some interesting pictures.

Rexburg is perhaps best known for being underwater when a dam broke 1976, which flooded the area. The town recovered. It’s the last city before Yellowstone, and seems like a nice enough place. Like everywhere, hard working people are what keeps things moving forward. It’s the thankless jobs that often go unnoticed, yet they’re critical to a functioning society. It’s the premise of the television show Dirty Jobs hosted by Mike Rowe. I encountered a couple of those important yet invisible people while in Rexburg.

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Blue Truck Trailer – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell”

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Drive Thru – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell”

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Out of Order – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “The Rockwell”

Right next to Jack-in-the-Box in the same parking lot was a closed and abandoned Wingers. According to the sign, it had been opened for 13 years. I’m not sure why it closed: lazy employees, poor management, mediocre food, bad location, current economic times? I can only speculate, but I’ll never know the answer—it doesn’t matter, anyway. What I found interesting is that just a few steps separated hard working yet invisible people from an empty building that had similar people in it, but no more. They’re gone. Their jobs are gone. They’ve moved on. The dream that inspired its opening failed, leaving only ghosts of the past behind, a haunting reminder of the fragility of it all. Invisible People and Ghost Dreams would be my alternative title to this post. Maybe we’re all ghosts. Maybe invisibility is a super power. Maybe I just inspired the next album for some indie rock band somewhere.

For the top four photographs I used my new “The Rockwell” film simulation recipe. In fact, these were some of the very first pictures that I captured with this recipe. The bottom four photographs were captured using my Fujicolor Superia 100 film simulation recipe. These two recipes are pretty much opposites of each other: one is boldly vibrant, while the other is rather dull in comparison. Juxtaposed recipes for juxtaposed subjects. One mundane stop in a rather ordinary town. You just never know when photographic opportunities will present themselves, so be ready.

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Available Building – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

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Available – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

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Thistles In The City – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

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This Restaurant is Closed – Rexburg, ID – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

Part 3

Fuji X Weekly is Back!

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Blue Mountain Lake  – Flathead Lake, MT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 100-400mm

I was on vacation, but now I’m back!

I visited some great places, including Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, but my favorite spot was Flathead Lake in Montana. It was absolutely beautiful! Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake (in America) west of the Missouri River. It’s unbelievably clean and clear. I used to live (many, many years ago when I was a kid) in the Puget Sound area of Washington, and Flathead Lake reminded me of that. Instead of the Pacific Ocean it’s a huge lake, with interesting little towns and communities found along its shore. There’s an island that’s a state park, only accessible by boat, and we saw more wildlife on that island than the two national parks combined. Flathead was fun!

Now that I’m back, I’m going to try to catch up on all the comments, messages and emails that I’ve not responded to. There are so many! It might take me a couple days to answer everyone back. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

I have so many photographs and articles to share. I have a number of videos to make. There’s a lot of content coming, so stay tuned!

On Top of the World with a Fujifilm X100V: Driving Farmington Canyon to Francis Peak

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Francis Peak in Green – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

From my house I can see Farmington Canyon and Francis Peak in Utah. It’s an amazing view! But I had never been up the canyon or to the top of the mountain. There’s a narrow dirt road that snakes up the canyon side and leads to the peak. At the top is a radar site. Recently I grabbed my Fujifilm X100V and drove up the winding dirt road seeking adventures and vistas.

The road up the canyon turned out to be much too crowded with cars, UTVs, ATVs, bicyclists and even pedestrians. It’s not especially wide, sometimes not wide enough for two cars to pass. It’s a sketchy drive at times with steep drop-offs and rough sections. The difficult road rewarded me with beautiful scenes and incredible views.

I used three film simulation recipes on my Fujifilm X100V: Kodak Tri-X 400, Fujicolor Reala 100, and a new Velvia recipe that I’ve been working on (expect a modified version of this recipe to be published in the coming weeks). In a way this was like loading my camera with three rolls of film, but of course in the film days you could only have one roll loaded at a time. With the X100V (and most Fujifilm cameras) you can have up to seven! Amazing!

The view from the peak is nothing short of breathtaking! It feels like standing on top of the world. You can see for miles and miles and miles. I could even see my house way down at the bottom. I feel fortunate to live so close to this place. It’s great that I can make this journey again if I want, and I surely will!

Kodak Tri-X 400

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Bicycling Up – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Dirt Road – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Farmington From Above – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Valley Peek – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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New Mexico – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Road – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Tough Tree in a Rough Place – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Family Above Everything – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Road Above the Valley Below – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Valley Below from High Above – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Salt Lake Valley from a Wasatch Peak – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Salt Lake Valley – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wasatch Mountains Monochromatic – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

Fujifilm Fujicolor Reala 100

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Dusty Road – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Might As Well Jump – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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ATVs – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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High Voltage – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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A Few Dead Trees – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Green – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

Fujifilm Velvia

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Spring Green – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Vibrant Green Hill – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Thistle – Farmington Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wasatch Green – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain Vista – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Morgan Valley – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mountain & Valley – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Trees at the Top – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Compass Rock – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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View From the Top – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Salt Lake Valley From High Above – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Trail Down to the Valley – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wasatch Mountains in Spring Green – Francis Peak, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Out of Office

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I have to apologize. Many people have commented on this blog, and many people have emailed me, but I haven’t answered those messages yet. I’m sorry for not getting back to you in a timely manor, but I will get back to you eventually. I promise!

Why the delay? I’m on vacation. I’m traveling. I’m camping. The picture above, which was captured with my Fujifilm X100V, is my current view. It is stunning! Any guess where I am? I’ve been keeping quite busy, but also WiFi and cell coverage has been spotty at best, so please be patient and understanding. This is, I suppose, my out-of-office auto-reply.

I’ll be back home soon, and I’ll be able to resume “normal operations” at that time. I have many articles to write, including sharing my vacation pictures, and a new film simulation recipe that I created. Be patient, good things are coming!