[Not] My Fujifilm X-T30 “Warm Contrast” Film Simulation Recipe

48602357531_7882819254_c

Flower Pots – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Warm Contrast”

Fuji X Weekly reader Manuel Sechi recently contacted me regarding some camera settings that he was working on. He was trying to replicate the look of the “Warm Contrast” preset in Lightroom. He felt that he was close but was hoping that I might help refine the settings to get a little closer. He showed me some of his pictures where he had applied the preset, which was helpful as I don’t use Lightroom. I tried out his settings and indeed they looked very close to the photographs that he shared. I made some small adjustments to refine it to what I thought might be a closer match to the preset, although not having the preset at my disposable was admittedly a challenge, and I can only hope that I made the recipe better and not worse.

While I call this film simulation recipe “Warm Contrast” due to its intended replication, it’s not particularly warm nor especially high in contrast. It seems to work best in mid-contrast situations, and when the light is already a bit on the warm side. When it works, though, it looks really good. I can see why Manuel was interested in creating it. I’m sure some of you will appreciate these settings, and I’m eager to share them with you.

48603653757_2e1a47d0e7_c

August Wasatch – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Warm Contrast”

Thank you, Manuel, for sharing your settings, and allowing me the opportunity to tweak them. While I put “Fujifilm X-T30” in the title, this recipe can be used on any X-Trans III or IV camera. In low-contrast situations, going +4 on Shadow and +2 on Highlight might produce better results. In cooler light, -1 Red and -5 Blue might prove to be better. As always, don’t be afraid to season this film simulation recipe to taste.

PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +1
Shadow:+3
Color: +4
Sharpening: +1
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: Auto, -2 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using these settings on my Fujifilm X-T30:

48602710172_4b23d468b5_c

Fighting Flamingos – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602613017_1a7713e2d4_c

Duck In A Stream – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602638167_b9a9d890e7_c

Rural Stream – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602479121_bd4d819f9c_c

Bee On A Pink Flower – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602591776_55c20ecee5_c

Bee At Work – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602725397_91a6426309_c

Kids on a Bridge – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602638162_2ed2057da3_c

Confident Direction – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602615497_1935ba8230_c

Leaves of Various Colors – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602651011_fed39c0923_c

Looking Bird – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602650466_c3814978b6_c

Yarn Owl – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48603625702_112e4fb814_c

Green Mountain Majesty – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602736996_fde445799f_c

Sloping Ridges – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602649056_d69b08ae35_c

Canvas Sky – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48602784507_0840b7d863_c

American Fair – Salt Lake City, Utah – Fujifilm X-T30

Advertisements

My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe

48417328922_d68775cdd4_c

Kodachrome Slides – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodachrome 64”

Kodachrome 64 is probably the most requested film that people have asked me to create a recipe for. Kodachrome has a long history, with the first successful version debuting in 1935 (film simulation recipe here). In the early 1960’s Kodak replaced that version of the film with Kodachrome II and Kodachrome X (film simulation recipe here). In 1974 Kodak made the final version of Kodachrome, available in ISO 25 and ISO 64 (and later ISO 200) versions. This Kodachrome was discontinued 10 years ago. Kodak also discontinued the chemicals to process Kodachrome, and nine years ago the last roll was developed. This film simulation recipe is meant to mimic the aesthetics of Kodachrome 64.

In the early 1970’s there was a movement to end Kodachrome. The process to develop the film was toxic and complex. Kodachrome is actually a black-and-white film with color added during development, which you can imagine isn’t a simple procedure. Instead of discontinuing their most popular color film, Kodak made a new version that required a less-toxic (but still toxic) and less complicated (but still complicated) development process. This appeased those who wanted the film gone, but the new version of Kodachrome was not initially well received by photographers, many of whom liked the old version better. William Eggleston, for example, who used Kodachrome extensively in his early career, wasn’t a fan of the new version, and began to use other films instead.

The photography community did come around to Kodachrome 25 and Kodachrome 64. Due to Kodachrome’s sharpness, grain, color, contrast and archival characteristics, this film was a great all-around option that worked well in almost any circumstance. The film became incredibly popular, and was found on the pages of many magazines, including National Geographic, which practically made its use a requirement. Steve McCurry was perhaps the best known photographer to extensively use this era of Kodachrome. He said of the film, “It has almost a poetic look with beautiful colors that were vibrant and true to what you were shooting.”

48417158861_e4f5b694ea_c

Onaqui Wild Horses – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodachrome 64”

I shot many rolls of Kodachrome 64, and a few rolls of Kodachrome 25. My favorite was Kodachrome 64 because it had a little more contrast and was slightly more saturated. It was a sad day for me when Kodak discontinued it. I was just getting into digital photography at that time, and in retrospect I wish that I had paused on digital and shot a few more rolls of Kodachrome. Kodak has hinted that they might resurrect it, but I would be surprised if they actually did because of the complex development process.

When I decided to attempt a Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe for my Fujifilm X-T30, I did some experiments, and after a few tries I thought that I had it figured out. Excitingly, I snapped many frames with these settings, but then I figured that I should consult some actual Kodachrome 64 slides to make sure that it matched. It didn’t. Kodachrome 64 looked different than how I remembered it. I was close, but not close enough, so I went back to the drawing board. A handful of experiments later I got it right, which is the recipe that you see here.

Of course, the issue with all of these film simulation recipes that mimic actual film is that one film can have many different looks, depending on how it was shot, under what conditions, how it was developed, and how it’s viewed, whether through a projector or light table, a print (and how it was printed), or a scan (and how it was scanned and perhaps digitally altered, and the monitor). There are a ton of variables! Kodachrome looks best when viewed by projector, no doubt about it, but that’s not how Kodachrome is seen today, unless you own a projector and have some slides. While I don’t think that this recipe will ever match the magic of projected Kodachrome, I do think it’s a close approximation of the film and it deserves to share the famed name.

48426396201_6ca298724d_c

Mayhem – Tooele, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodachrome 64”

I have Grain set to Weak, but I feel that when using this recipe at higher ISOs Grain should be set to Off. While I chose DR400, in low-contrast situations DR200 is a good Dynamic Range option. For X-Trans III cameras, which obviously don’t have Color Chrome Effect, this recipe will still work and will appear nearly identical, but it will produce a slightly different look. To modify this recipe for Kodachrome 25, I suggest setting Shadow to +1, Color to -1, Grain to Off, and Sharpness to +3.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +1
Shadow: +2
Color: 0
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

48418199892_46fa3d3831_c

Shopping Cart Car – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416447187_bf8833f382_c

Traffic Lamp – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416300811_589a46c94b_c

Red Tricycle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416452992_eaa663c3a9_c

Hay Stack – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417270876_23261418d0_c

Pony Express Trail – Faust, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417386227_445b1cde96_c

Wild Horse Country – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417386232_13dcdc6122_c

Wild Horse Grazing – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417158856_d7fe200cbc_c

Lonely Horse – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417339512_74c8443ee6_c

Wild & Free – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417340882_0d66bd06bc_c

Onaqui Horses – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417258431_a395dd6990_c

Spotted Green – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417233176_8c97a32a38_c

Grassland – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417425437_3ccbdd3cdc_c

In The Dust – Faust, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416455067_99c067c119_c

Roar Forever – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48424569792_b22afff2e3_c

Jon In The Backyard – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48418206007_06fc52ffb2_c

Big Wheel – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48424569277_def2cf18be_c

Evening Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48424569307_800724a8bf_c

Look Up To The Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416530771_12eafbe7c7_c

Lavender Bee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416670571_a547825c44_c

Lavender Sunset – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416826237_b2fb2eaa11_c

Sunset Leaves – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416970347_ff711c016f_c

Sun Kissed Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48416969107_47ab67a4df_c

Summer Tree Leaves – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48432866602_47400e2e7e_c

Jar of Coffee Beans – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48417327492_a716e7c78b_c

Beans To Grind – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48432866572_ce74e82ff7_c

Sugar Dish – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48418195182_9a8816c0b6_c

Morning Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48432719206_93a498ba08_c

Processed by Kodak – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe

48276210596_7634fef1c9_c

Summit Merc – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

This is the film simulation recipe that you’ve been waiting for! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if you like my Kodachrome II or Portra 400 recipes, which are both very popular, you’ll likely also appreciate this one. It’s in the same neighborhood as those, producing a classic Kodak analog aesthetic. I think many of you will like this film simulation recipe.

Last week I was contacted by a Fuji X Weekly reader who wanted help creating an in-camera look that was similar to the pictures from this other photographer. It didn’t take me long to realize that the photographer in question was using a digital camera (Nikon D750) and applying a plugin preset (most likely VSCO) to achieve the desired look. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the preset is supposed to resemble Kodak Portra 400, although probably one of the alternative versions and not the straight Portra 400 preset. Anytime that I get one of these requests I always make an attempt to create it, although oftentimes my efforts are not successful and no recipe is made. This time, my first stab at it was pretty close, and a little refining made it even closer. I was able to quickly create a film simulation recipe that produces similar results in-camera to what that other photographer is getting with software.

The reason that I named this recipe Kodacolor and not Portra is that, to me, it looks more like Kodacolor VR than Portra, although the aesthetics of these two films are quite similar. Portra is the better film with improved grain, more tolerance to under and over exposure, and slightly more accurate skin tones, but overall the films produce very similar looks. Kodak originally developed Kodacolor VR film in the early 1980’s for their Disc cameras, which used a film cartridge resembling a computer floppy disc (or the “save icon”), allowing the camera to be small and easy to use. It made tiny exposures on the disc of film, and the film prior to Kodacolor VR, which was called Kodacolor II, was too grainy and not sharp enough for the small exposure to produce good results. Kodak’s solution was to create a sharper film with finer grain, which they originally named Kodacolor HR, and quickly renamed Kodacolor VR after making a small improvement. Kodacolor VR was available in ISO 100, 200, 400 and 1000 film speeds. This film simulation recipe most closely resembles Kodacolor VR 200, in my opinion. Kodacolor VR was replaced by Kodacolor VR-G in the mid 1980’s, which was later renamed Kodak Gold. Kodacolor VR was technically discontinued in 1986, but the ISO 200 version was renamed Kodacolor 200 and later ColorPlus 200, which is surprisingly still available today.

48308477277_213a2a6afd_c

Kodak Flying Disc – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

One characteristic of Kodacolor VR is that it’s not particularly tolerant to underexposure (for color negative film), so a common technique was to overexpose the film (to prevent accidental underexposure). The side-effect of this, which is a common side-effect of most Kodak color negative films, but it’s especially pronounced on this particular film, is cyan sky. Blues tend to become an unnatural lighter color. That’s what this film simulation recipe looks like: Kodacolor VR 200 that’s been overexposed. It’s also a close proximity to Portra 400 that’s been overexposed, although it’s not quite as strong of a match for that as Kodacolor VR.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -1
Shadow: +2
Color: -2
Sharpening: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: 6300K, -1 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to + 1-1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using my Kodacolor film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

48276210386_c33b76a5e3_c

Echo Canyon Morning – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276202056_93a785fe06_c

Morning Light In Echo Canyon – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276205406_a3c3c9694d_c

Tree On The Rocky Ledge – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276286192_bc615a8e8a_c

Western Cliff – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276292742_be7e5b37f1_c

Rock Bowl – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276194676_f0c300b6d4_c

Echo Mesa – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276211196_f9441cf8c6_c

Summer Witches – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276211086_7681b883de_c

Trees Dotting The Rock – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276208076_b6e8372a1b_c

Blue Sky Rocks – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276197211_9b9bef6359_c

Weber River Thistle Blooms – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308667907_74b43a9877_c

Yucca Blossoms – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276081986_5281da0c1a_c

Sky Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308496496_f031738b14_c

Sycamore Seeds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308499871_7a07517d42_c

Green Cottonwood Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308613152_3abbc6ef69_c

Cottonwood Sun – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48290532437_ccec03c084_c

Vintage Sunset – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291532586_6d56059556_c

Blue Hole – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291538631_117073863f_c

Summer Clouds Behind The Green Hill – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284678657_da3a6ce1cb_c

Summer Blue & Green – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48292573127_ebace42906_c

Big Cloud Behind The Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276165082_d7383ede4a_c

Grey Sky Hill – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48290526526_998caaa14c_c

Car Wash – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308370091_ed5c0f057d_c

Burger Umbrellas – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276078621_82fd4afc11_c

Renew or Replace – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308370551_3e1e2fffb9_c

Red Curve – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291539796_9aab4f323c_c

Red Corner – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276290477_6680d0a4dc_c

Moore Motor – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276211231_358403ecd8_c

Better Days Behind – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284582467_1c70cfe4e1_c

Building For Sale – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276209906_6a3bb86c7d_c

Brick Angles – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284678542_f5d454e8e9_c

Suburban Garage – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284485621_b83085a296_c

Gas – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284485681_3e4c403faa_c

Gas Cafe – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276081711_cb11aa14aa_c

Neighborhood Fence – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284507106_09d0792a5a_c

The Joy of Driving Rain – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276293107_1bf9e325a0_c

Man of Steel – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30  – Kodacolor

48284578541_ee49e75c7b_c

Bicycle Back Tire – South Weber, Utah – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308499991_0aee2cdbbc_c

Chaos Wheel – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308667117_1c579fbc06_c

Hat On A Bed – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284628237_195c3db5cf_c

Couch Pillows – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284606907_8db264c5f6_c

Wall Curtain – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284607052_82b2b9ebf1_c

Intelligence Game – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48284606727_2894332612_c

The Trouble With Age – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308548846_da1e33f9f3_c

Ketchup – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291539281_37082c36c8_c

Orange – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291538561_e828f76954_c

Playing With Fire – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308552366_a9d774ed2e_c

Mastrena – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276184477_86eb806981_c

Be The Light – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48308466402_9ed4d86d1f_c

Adidas – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48292468496_abe595c752_c

Balloon Maker – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48292572132_82f9e11ef2_c

Standing In The Water Balloon Pool – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291660211_d8a6304542_c

Water Balloon Fight – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48291759967_e2ddae3818_c

Recording Summer Fun – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48312528047_954921d121_c

Wearing Grandpa’s Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48312528247_ae30db5d73_c

Johanna – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276208906_e4da69a84d_c

Echo Canyon Morning Freight – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276292337_4e938df2fc_c

Freight Train At Echo – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

48276282302_409665c6fa_c

Eastbound Freight Through Echo Canyon – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodacolor

My Fujifilm X-T30 Redscale Film Simulation Recipe

48093426687_95894ae096_c

Red Hill – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Redscale”

Redscale is a photographic technique where you shoot film backwards. Instead of shooting the film through the front, you shoot it through the backside. In order to do this, one must load the film into the canister backwards, or buy film that’s already been purposefully loaded backwards. Normally, in color negative film, the red layer is exposed last, for the light has passed through other layers and filters before it reaches it. When you shoot from the wrong side, light hits the red layer first. The results can be quite unique!

What’s interesting about Redscale photography is that the results can vary greatly, depending on the film, exposure and development. Most commonly, Redscale images have a strong maroon, red, orange or yellow color cast. Sometimes the color cast can be extraordinarily bold and sometimes it can be quite subtle. Even one roll of film can produce different looks depending on the light and how it was shot. Generally speaking, darker images tend to be more red and brighter images tend to be more yellow, but there are certainly exceptions to that. A Redscale image is easy to spot when you see one, but it can be difficult to strictly define the aesthetic.

48095315982_9340fb12fa_c

Peach Morning – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Redscale”

I was asked by Fuji X Weekly reader Aycan Gonenc to create a Redscale film simulation. He had developed one already and shared his settings with me, but was hoping that I might make some improvements. I made some changes and adjustments and the results are this recipe, so it is a collaborative effort. What I will say is that the settings can be adjusted considerably, and one can still achieve a Redscale look. Simply change the film simulation from Astia to something else and you will create a different Redscale look. The white balance can be dropped to as low as 7700K, and the shift can have blue added or subtracted. Any of the settings can be adjusted to taste. These settings are only what I felt would produce a good Redscale facsimile, and I believe it does that.

Astia
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +1
Shadow: +2
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: 10000K, +9 Red & 0 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using my Redscale film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:

48070457138_8bbd3ac2c0_c

Building Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070450566_b5aa5046cd_c

Cloud Around The Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093426557_530a9b473b_c

Red Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070505606_65a90eefc1_c

Overcast Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48088284076_1b14c71bfc_c

Clouds Floating Above The Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093334696_8c5a79ef8a_c

Orange Hill Under Red Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48106430127_792607381e_c

Westbound I-84 – Peterson, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48106312021_0617c6fab7_c

Evening Freight – Henefer, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48084082108_11f8a2b512_c

Wood Fence Roses – South Weber, Utah – Fujifilm X-T30

48070475387_bb21a10873_c

Red Rose Fence – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070509857_35a1808b3e_c

Really Red Rose – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070450756_aca66795dc_c

Pink Bud – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076198478_1aff1a0707_c

Floral Red – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070612187_1266e22ec1_c

Yellow Rose Gold – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076198716_78b2d58cbe_c

Daisy Red – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48106385313_74f7e1315b_c

Small Wild Blossoms – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070474467_fcee92d7e2_c

Corner Trunk – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093530942_7a8599297c_c

T is for Tree – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076199526_dbcf5f5b97_c

An American Home – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48106430977_6715d37817_c

299 – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070405921_65830ca392_c

Red Engineer – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070611997_0ce00ff93b_c

Continental Bike Tire – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093365223_a34737c505_c

Red Window – South Weber, Utah – Fujifilm X-T30

48070704317_4f241a05cf_c

Night Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093334611_14ee769792_c

Red Cross – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076242248_5166866cdb_c

Tree Top – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48070421318_9dc3d9835f_c

Sunlit Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48084039121_f98b260a73_c

Russian Red – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093334561_bcf2d397d6_c

Bolsey Orange – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48106385398_24ffb12fd1_c

Red Birds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076157756_fd9327c570_c

Red Eye Horse – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076266072_a882881032_c

Girl & Hungry Horse – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076199163_e54aba71b0_c

Cat Cone – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48076198928_3572156d9c_c

Tractor Mirror – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093469673_b4c0146b19_c

Stucco Lamp – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48093469593_c93b59f6d2_c

Iced Coffee Cups – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Fujifilm X-T30 Faded Monochrome Film Simulation Recipe

48052874231_81449dd86f_c

All Aboard Boy – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Monochrome”

I love the results of my Faded Color recipe, so creating a Faded Monochrome recipe was a natural next step. This film simulation recipe requires the use of the double-exposure feature of the camera. The first exposure is a normal photo, and the second exposure is of something plain white. I’ve tried different things, but for me a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card works well. No need for the second exposure to be in focus. It’s a simple idea that I wish I had thought of earlier. I think I’ve just scratched the surface of what can be created using this technique.

In film photography, you could achieve a similar look by printing with a low-contrast filter. You could also develop the film for low contrast by adjusting any number of things in the lab. You might also get this look by accident if you reused the fixer one too many times. Sometimes underexposed pushed-processed film has a very similar aesthetic. It’s possible for negatives to fade over time, especially if not stored correctly, and that, too, might create a similar look. While “faded” is in the title of this recipe, the look isn’t so much faded as it is low-contrast with “milky” blacks. It works especially well for high-contrast scenes.

48053038461_f3fb87bf94_c

Morning Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Monochrome”

To use this recipe, you will create two exposures using the double-exposure feature of your camera. The first exposure is the main image, and the second exposure is of something plain white, such as a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card. There is no need for the second exposure to be in focus. The exposure compensation for the second exposure can vary greatly depending on how bright the white is and how you want the picture to look. You will have to play around with it to figure out what works for you. The good news is that your camera will give you a preview of the finished image and will allow do-overs.

Acros (Acros+Y, Acros+R, Acros+G)
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: 0 (Neutral)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (main exposure), 0 to -2 (second exposure)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using my Faded Monochrome recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:

48059182633_3ee53e372e_c

Grey Rose – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48056702613_5793b219b1_c

Grey Lake – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48064147777_a9a73b5017_c

Lake Boat – Willard Bay SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062158661_9758b73945_c

Tree Limbs – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062208588_5b8b34a109_c

Well – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062364923_097fcfa1e5_c

Don’t Give – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062284991_813da7dfd4_c

Urban Escape – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062385022_936599a5f3_c

Big Brick Buildings – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062336008_92b33d0db7_c

Center Reflection – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062313286_4d543f6c86_c

Urbanscape Monochrome – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062126873_8ed8164a70_c

Less Is More – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062078041_4d977bc0ce_c

Urban Leaves – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062313261_f56884b283_c

Small Flower In The Big City – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48064140758_b261db0d8c_c

Park Bench – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058928502_ac73f775c3_c

Joshua Monochrome – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052963457_90a33fdd7c_c

Happy Girl – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48064195997_c5714d6c40_c

Children On A Park Slide – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062078331_5df18110c4_c

Instax Photographer – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062078341_54a6241235_c

Joy In The City – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062257222_bb77983039_c

Bank Time – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062208888_f8483634ce_c

Water On The Glass – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052964232_a3b104748d_c

Club – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052869271_bf156ef628_c

Stepping By – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052964572_98d8c32e51_c

Vibes – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062257642_039548b376_c

Quiet – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062313131_866108491e_c

Urban Cloud – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062413372_512f07b52b_c

Angles & Lines – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062335903_f20646004e_c

Utah Artist – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062383572_005df666fa_c

Treading Lightly – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062364863_a5fd20895d_c

Marlboro Man – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062154681_fb401de9a8_c

Come Inside – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062257722_4d9c916aa7_c

Mono Chrome – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059097522_f94d651798_c

Stop In Ogden – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059148458_1e0795b89b_c

UTA Station – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059150088_f601357436_c

Train Ride Abstract – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059121612_35c8892611_c

Empty Train Seats – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058888432_ee156e896c_c

Train Passenger – Roy, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059151863_26747a095f_c

Passenger Window – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059199742_df8cd921c6_c

Train 19 – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059001451_dee2d5f223_c

UTA 19 – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059049548_fb89697fd7_c

Train Host – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058928872_562315655d_c

Hungry Traveler – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058881543_a59724d6ca_c

Caboose Steps Monochrome – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058831936_64956804b7_c

Caboose Display – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058836403_10ce392b5e_c

Industrial Sunlight – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058927482_d78b110b19_c

Ladder Climb – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Fujifilm X-T30 Faded Color Film Simulation Recipe

48058884562_c0dac8b8f3_c

Fading Memories – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Color”

This recipe is a failure. More accurately, it’s a failed attempt at a certain aesthetic. It doesn’t look like what I was hoping it would look like. It’s close, but no cigar. What it does look like are faded color photographs from perhaps the 1950’s through 1970’s. I have some old issues of Arizona Highways magazine from the 1950’s, and these pictures have a similar look to what’s found in those magazines. You might have some old family photos that have faded over time and perhaps look like the pictures that this recipe creates. You can also achieve this washed-out “milky” look through darkroom techniques. Even though this recipe doesn’t look like what I was trying to create, it looks really amazing, and I am astonished that this look can be achieved in-camera.

What I was trying to create was a certain cinematic characteristic. I was asked by a Fuji X Weekly reader to create a film simulation recipe that produces a look similar to the aesthetic of the Wong Kar Wai movie Chungking Express. I had never seen this movie, so I had to do much research, and thankfully a lot of great information was easily found online. I discovered that the motion picture film used in the movie was Agfa XT320, and that it was often (but not always) push-processed, sometimes one stop and sometimes two. A technique called flashing was used a number of times in the movie, which involves flashing the film with light to give it a smoky, atmospheric, or faded feel, lowering contrast. It’s a type of double exposure, except that the second exposure is nothing more than a little light. Another technique that was used in the movie was to give different scenes a certain color cast using gels. Wong Kar Wai likes to create scenes with one predominant color, and so you will find elements in the scene that are the same color as the color cast. He used a slow shutter speed in the movie to blur motion. There were a ton of different techniques used, and so you can probably understand the difficulty of the task. You cannot incorporate everything into one recipe, so I had to make some choices and create a plan to try to achieve something that looks similar to the movie.

My idea was to attempt a recipe that resembled push-processed Agfa XT320 that has been flashed and has a color cast. I decided to use the double-exposure feature on my Fujifilm X-T30 and white balance shift to achieve this. For the second exposure, which needed to be white, I tried a number of things, including a miniature portable studio, but after some trial-and-error, I settled on a plain white 4″ x 6″ index card. I would hold it a few inches in front of the lens and make the second exposure. Auto-focus would never lock onto it, and I figured that a blurry exposure might actually be preferable. For the color cast, I found that one exposure should not have a shifted white balance and the other should. Initially I was adding the color cast to the main exposure and not the white exposure, but then I switched that and liked the results better for some reason. I used the 16:9 aspect ratio to make it a more cinematic shape. Unfortunately, I could never get the results to look quite right for Chungking Express. I think I was in the general ballpark, but not as close as I was hoping. Fortunately, what I did create was pretty interesting, so I kept shooting with it, except I used the 3:2 aspect ratio.

48062469198_991e464aa7_c

Main Motion – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Color”

To use this recipe, you must set the camera to double-exposure, which on the X-T30 is found on a knob on the top. You capture the main exposure, then you must make some adjustments for the second exposure. The white balance must be shifted and the exposure compensation must be adjusted. For the white balance shift, I found going almost to the extremes works well. For a yellow cast, choose 0 Red & -8 Blue. For an orange cast, choose +8 Red & -8 Blue. For a red cast, choose +8 Red and 0 Blue. For a purple cast, choose +8 Red & +8 Blue. For a blue cast, choose 0 Red and +8 Blue. For a cyan cast, choose -8 Red and +8 Blue. For a green cast, choose -8 Red & 0 Blue. For green-yellow cast, choose -8 Red & -8 Blue. The exposure compensation for the white exposure is a little tricky. A lot depends on how bright the white is (whether it has direct light on it or if it is in shade) and how faded you want the image to look. It takes a little practice, but the good news is that the camera shows you exactly what the results are going to be, and even allows you do-overs if you don’t like it. I found that sometimes 0 was good, I found that sometimes -2 was good, and often -2/3 or -1 was a good choice. Each picture should get individual consideration. The second exposure is a picture of something white, such as the blank index card that I already described, although you could certainly try other things if you find something that might work better for you. This creates a faded look that almost seems unbelievable that it came out of the camera unedited.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +3
Shadow: +4
Color: +4
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Sharpening: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto (use a shift on the second exposure)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (main exposure), 0 to -2 (second exposure)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using my Faded Color recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:

48053016797_2f4c666fd8_c

Good Life – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052928046_90887ba9b5_c

Or Another – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48053067612_3da65b26ef_c

Summer Santa – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48041301546_27541ae772_c

Makeup – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48053110022_502202dd18_c

Walking Without Wondering – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48047136397_80b80308a2_c

Bike Repair – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062469223_957f15cd42_c

Transit Train Transportation – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48046370538_73f2063f5d_c

Kid Bowling – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48040442153_cd16d064c6_c

Instax Girl – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48041294897_d6bf740663_c

Guitar Cat – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48044641181_e0a7359616_c

Cracked Eggs – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48053020081_26dfcf7125_c

Good Vibes – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052973038_2d4c6a475b_c

Steps & Vines – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48064071941_e89c5e357c_c

Lake Grass – Willard Bay SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48046838146_5cf76dd588_c

Faded Daisies – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48047057963_56ec3a4af2_c

Soft Rose – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059137111_c9163979db_c

Summer Roses – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48064177327_798d900d61_c

Red Rose Faded – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48059190098_44091e79ba_c

Dark Rose – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48047058198_5fd8ed1323_c

Big Red Ball Catching – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48053012486_2ddf457b9c_c

Tona – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48052916966_e55849a27f_c

Hanging Bulbs – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48062364773_2d38f6f695_c

Wet Bloom – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058881633_c9b7efe82d_c

Caboose Steps – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48058899997_25f13dd40a_c

Breakboy – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48056707577_e76c8fd1d1_c

Lake Boy – East Canyon SP, UP – Fujifilm X-T30

48056653631_b72605d134_c

Springtime Lake – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48056782197_a781a7c60d_c

East Canyon Reservoir – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Fujifilm X-T30 Fujicolor 100 Industrial Film Simulation Recipe

48039879683_067740df30_c

Urban Binding – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Fujicolor 100 Industrial”

I get asked frequently to create different film simulation recipes, and I always put some consideration into those requests. I don’t get around to attempting all of them, although I do attempt many, but I at least think about how I might create a certain look. Even if I do attempt it, I’m not usually successful, as it just doesn’t look right quite often, so I go back to the drawing board when time and inspiration allows. On rare occasions I’m able to create a certain aesthetic quickly and easily. This recipe falls into the latter category.

I have to be honest, when I was asked to create a recipe to mimic the look of Fujicolor 100 Industrial film, I had never heard of it and knew absolutely nothing about it. I had to do some research on this film, and I found lots of good and helpful information. As it turns out, Fujicolor 100 Industrial is a negative film only sold in bulk in Japan, although you can purchase it from some camera stores who sell it individually. It’s actually re-branded Fujicolor 100, well, the Japanese version of Fujicolor 100, which is not the same film as Fujicolor 100 in America, although they’re similar to each other. Something interesting about Fujicolor 100 Industrial (and Fujicolor 100 Japan, which is the same film) is that it has a Tungsten emulsion (with a Kelvin temperature of 3200), but it is daylight balanced because the dye colors have been shifted to account for the cooler temperature. Weird, huh? Well, it turns out that you can do the same thing in your Fujifilm camera using white balance shift, and it creates a similar aesthetic.

48030778636_932b27eb42_c

Backyard Daisy – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Fujicolor 100 Industrial”

I find that this recipe is especially good in higher-contrast scenes, although it can still deliver interesting results in lower-contrast scenes. It’s a milder recipe that doesn’t have a lot of saturation, although sometimes just the right amount, and it handles shadows and highlights well. It creates lovely pictures that are soft and not bold. It needs the right subject and light to stand out, but it can look really great in the right situations. It definitely has a low-ISO print-film quality to it, and resembles Fujicolor 100 Industrial film surprisingly well.

PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +1
Shadow: +2
Color: +1
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Sharpening: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak
White Balance: 3200K, +8 Red & -8 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Sample photographs, all camera-made JPEGs, captured with a Fujifilm X-T30 using this Fujicolor 100 Industrial recipe:

48039830083_f0bdbbca50_c

US Bike Lane – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039828763_e553d4407a_c

Twilight Temple – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039822981_572bca7408_c

Broadway Me – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039880103_50dcd4ea23_c

Three Stories – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039844276_541a630c0d_c

Boston Building Reflection – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039926777_161be5dbcc_c

The Corporate Ladder – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039860128_a500095f72_c

Their Bank – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039880868_462e5ff8c1_c

Urban Sunset – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48040027152_e5632951fe_c

Partial Loaf – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48030805228_40674ca755_c

Purple Zebra – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48030779626_6d7339e64a_c

Leaves In The Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48030778656_15801862fa_c

Partly Cloudy – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48024329882_158e6d0c21_c

Rosebud Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48024314902_73edde7291_c

In Case of Fire – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48024217501_517721b57a_c

Watching Television – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48024213596_4c91e06d30_c

Little Feet – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48031238231_1f5ca2e740_c

Donut Eater – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

48039954453_289828f54a_c

Plastic Hand – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Fujifilm X-T30 Expired Eterna Film Simulation Recipe

47996715687_c48250ae25_c

Red Tricycle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

I used to shoot film. I don’t much anymore, but I was one of those crazy holdouts that refused to go digital when it seemed as though everyone else had. Eventually I succumbed, and I’ve been shooting digitally for awhile now. One thing that I appreciate about Fujifilm cameras is that they produce images that are a little more film-like and a little less digital-esque than other camera brands. This shouldn’t surprise anyone as Fujifilm started out as a film company. On Fujifilm cameras one will find many great film simulation options. The most recent addition is Eterna, which is modeled after their motion picture films, but it can be made to resemble color negative film. What I appreciate about film is it has character that’s often lacking in digital cameras.

While Eterna was a motion picture film, it was also made and sold in limited quantities for still photography. A Fuji X Weekly reader recently purchased and used an expired roll of Eterna and shared one of the pictures. Using expired film is always an interesting endeavor because you don’t know exactly what you’ll get. Depending on the film, how long it has been expired and how it was stored, the results can vary significantly. The picture that the Fuji X Weekly reader shared had a purple color cast, which is a common trait of expired film.

There are many reasons why an analog picture might have a purple color cast, not just because the film expired. If the film was exposed to too much heat (such as left in a hot car) the pictures might have a purple cast. If a print or slide isn’t stored correctly it could turn purple over time. I’ve seen cross-processed film produce a purple color cast. You can even buy purple film. While I’ve called this recipe “Expired Eterna,” it’s not necessarily meant to exactly mimic expired Eterna film, but to produce an analog film look that could have turned purple for any number of reasons, including but not limited to being expired.

48005182693_05caf31180_c

American Debt – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

You might notice that I didn’t include an ISO setting in this recipe, and that’s because you can use any ISO you’d like. I got interesting results all the way up to ISO 25600. In fact, you might use an ultra-high ISO on purpose to get a certain look that you can’t get at a lower ISO. Trying this recipe at different ISOs is a fun experiment. It’s also interesting to see the results you get from different exposures, whether slightly overexposed or underexposed. Expired Eterna is a fun recipe to play around with, and I enjoyed pairing it with vintage lenses.

Eterna
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
White Balance: Auto, +5 Red & +5 Blue
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

47988597567_83075d6a17_c

Bloom Purple – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003803753_11334c93aa_c

Pink Paper Flower – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47994396172_259aa8b391_c

Sunlight Through The Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983370361_fd689ea2c5_c

Backlit Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48010779153_79eb993730_c

Rural Evening – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47997101888_8190a038c0_c

Country Trees – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983377021_0258bcf662_c

Cottonwood Trunk – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988652578_dfec10db1c_c

Little Flowers & Stone – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983187376_19bc2a70c4_c

Rosebud – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47997105877_25940161ea_c

Country Foot Bridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47997106522_6c0a4138bc_c

Boy Behind Chain-Link – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988703946_95a2a5a94c_c

Orange Cones – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983138638_26ec7bc4b6_c

Reaching Rosebud – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983326638_e391ba161b_c

Sycamore Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988569591_503360cea9_c

Dusk Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003907697_25c79bd005_c

Mountain View Evening – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988518967_78a3076072_c

Spring Sky Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47990767563_16e1dc68bd_c

Sunset Whisper – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47990818431_73e94cda50_c

Dramatic Sky Behind Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47990765207_37935a71bd_c

Bright Storm Clouds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983219463_df88400e41_c

Grey Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47983140337_46af83bf0a_c

Disk Girl – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47994614961_13cb91af2f_c

Jo In A Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47994535607_be277070cc_c

Wearing Grandpa’s Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003554946_d11cdf081b_c

Lady’s Sun Hat – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003501043_c0ca14efec_c

Girl Climbing Bleachers – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003803408_826d4469a7_c

Number of Intersecting Lines – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003586102_f6632f2887_c

One Through Six – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48005169846_547171134b_c

Parked RV – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988648296_88df23caa3_c

American Suburb – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48005157691_e8c4f6ba9e_c

Light Flag – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

48003602457_6379befe52_c

Green Spray Bottle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47988542433_e8e747ee21_c

Curious Kitchen Curios – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

High ISO:

47983361592_26500b49ec_c

Cirrus Clouds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna” – ISO 12800

47983329772_cc2ce8bffe_c

Sycamore Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna” – ISO 12800

47983407606_934d0ec560_c

Cottonwood – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna” – ISO 12800

47983361557_732068bfe0_c

Cottonwood Cotton – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna” – ISO 25600

47983408781_1fb137a03b_c

Old Wheelbarrow – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna” – ISO 25600

“Expired Eterna” for X-Trans III:

47983138763_6f21df1231_c

Bottle Vases – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Expired Eterna”

47990867693_a2280a6ed4_c

Alternate recipe using PRO Neg. Std instead of Eterna.

I know that not every Fujifilm camera has the Eterna film simulation. Right now Eterna can only be found on the X-T3, X-T30, X-H1 and the GFX line. For those who don’t have it, I’ve made an alternative recipe that produces similar results using PRO Neg. Std. I found that Shadow set to 0 isn’t quite strong enough, but +1 is too strong, so pick whichever you like better. While the results aren’t 100% identical, it’s still a pretty close match. You do have to drop the exposure by about 1/3 stop compared to using Eterna. I hope that this is useful for some of you.

PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +1
Shadow: 0
Color: 0
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, +5 Red & +5 Blue
Exposure Compensation: -2/3 to 0

My Fujifilm X-T30 Velvia Film Simulation Recipe

46603235325_c7387dd6ae_c

Mesa Trail – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

I already have a Velvia film simulation recipe. I’ve been using it for about a year-and-a-half now and I like the recipe. It’s designed for X-Trans III cameras. With the Fujifilm X-T30, which has the new sensor and processor, including the new Color Chrome Effect, I decided to revisit Velvia. Can I make Velvia better on an X-Trans IV camera?

I don’t know if this recipe is better than the old one. It’s a little bolder with slightly more contrast and color saturation. It’s probably a little more accurate to Velvia 100 than the old recipe, and a tad closer to Velvia 50, too. I do like this recipe more than the original, but the old one has its place, too. I don’t think this replaces the old recipe, but more supplements it when the situation calls for something punchier.

32576328657_c7a1913363_c

Red Mesa – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

I have grain effect set to weak on this recipe, but I only like to have grain on when using ISO 1600 or below. Above that the digital noise acts as a grain effect, so I like to turn the grain effect off when working with higher ISOs. Depending on the image, +4 color can sometimes look better, so don’t be afraid to bump that up when needed, but I think +3 works best as the standard setting. This recipe has a stronger shadow setting than the old one, and if you find that there’s too much contrast, simply set Shadow to 0. The original Velvia recipe called for DR200, but I went with DR-Auto on this one. If you’d prefer to use DR200 instead of auto, feel free to do so.

Velvia
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +1
Color: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, +1 Red & -1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs, captured using a Fujifilm X-T30 with this film simulation recipe:

47465419112_e0b9320125_c

Rock Balanced – Arches NP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

40552526283_717d13564d_c

North Window Arch – Arches NP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

32576457297_c86e95b3cf_c

Red Hill – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

40552657763_b1f3b6aa4b_c

Castles To The Sky – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

33642081158_e514108ea8_c

Water & Stone – Moab, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

33642330258_26b03a141c_c

Cactus Noon – Moab, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

47517672061_6b8326e0d9_c

Dead Tree Point – Dead Horse Point, SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

47518065821_6f11b2c722_c

Desert River – Dead Horse Point SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

40660339113_38c71dc567_c

Peak Through The Thin Clouds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

32661438597_6fc4b7f2c5_c

Sunset Red Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

My Fujifilm X-T30 Acros Film Simulation Recipe (Agfa APX 400)

47630904731_5754573aa2_c

Cloud Over The White Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

I made a new Acros recipe! I’ve been playing around lately with the Acros settings on my Fujifilm X-T30, trying to create a certain look (which I’m still working on), and I stumbled upon some interesting settings. I tried them out for a few days and wanted to share my findings with you. I think some of you might like this one!

This recipe is not intended to mimic the look of any particular film, but it’s in the neighborhood of a couple different black-and-white stocks. The closest might be Agfa APX 400 (the newer version), but it’s not an exact match for that film. I don’t think it really matters if it’s an exact match or not, it has an analog black-and-white look that’s easy to appreciate!

47557834522_a3bb78d448_c

Shopping Carts – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

The idea behind this film simulation recipe is to have a lower-contrast option that doesn’t look flat. It seems to be especially well suited for high-contrast scenes, but there’s a certain beauty in low-contrast scenes where it produces almost a faded aesthetic. This Acros recipe is really great for certain situations, and it’s one of my favorite Acros recipes that I’ve created. If you don’t have an X-Trans IV camera, you can still use this recipe, except you can’t use Color Chrome Effect or Toning, so the results will be slightly different, but still very similar.

Acros (Acros+Y, Acros+R, Acros+G)
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -2
Shadow: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +4
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: +1 (warm)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1-1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this recipe on the Fujifilm X-T30:

46711313185_90e525ea40_c

Frozen Reservoir – Causey Reservoir, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

47630909841_b034d4c275_c

Mid Morning Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

32684212637_a8b59f9f8f_c

Head In The Clouds – Ogden Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

46701664795_8016571973_c

Mountain Obscured – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

32688127747_08fbe0ba7c_c

Reaching For Grass – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

32684256027_4009080ac5_c

Jo by a Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

32674744347_b20e46d310_c

Girl Sitting – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

33733744818_104e4f552b_c

Bread Cutting – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

46695198325_73b81e7edb_c

The Course Toward – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

47557840692_edf7617f3a_c

Asleep – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

46702179015_a498b1c0b0_c

Couch – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

40643673753_252782234e_c

Three Vases By A Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

47626856951_6ffbc4a168_c

White Flower Bouquet – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

47610284661_7147125c2e_c

Dead Rose Leaves – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

33733604518_6aa197985f_c

Hiding Hydrant – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros