20 Frames: Legoland with a Fujifilm X100V + Kodachrome 64

Friendly Wave – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”

What is the best travel camera? My opinion, and the opinion of many other photographers, is the Fujifilm X100V.

The Fujifilm X100V is a great travel camera because of its compact size, versatility, and image quality. It features a fixed 23mm lens, which provides a classic 35mm equivalent focal length, and a bright f/2 maximum aperture. The camera has an intuitive retro design and advanced features, such as a hybrid viewfinder, leaf shutter, built-in ND filter, and weather sealing. The 26-megapixel APS-C sensor produces exceptional image quality, and, when paired with Film Simulation Recipes, is ideal for street and documentary photography. The X100V has solid build quality, yet is small enough to easily carry around, making it an excellent choice for capturing your adventures.

One travel adventure that I recently returned from was a day at Legoland (a Lego themed amusement park) in Carlsbad, California, for my son Joshua’s 9th birthday. Because his birthday is so close to Christmas, he typically gets the short end of the celebration stick, so this year we wanted to make it extra special, and a Black Friday deal made it more affordable. To capture the experience, I brought along my Fujifilm X100V programmed with the Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe. This recipe produces a nostalgic slide film aesthetic similar to the images found in National Geographic, Arizona Highways, and other magazines from my childhood. I used a 5% CineBloom filter, which I prefer for its subtle diffusion effect, for this outing.

The day started out with thin overcast sky, which gave way to midday sun before thick clouds and light rain moved in for the rest of the adventure. The X100V with the Kodachrome 64 recipe handled the changing light quite well—I even got a couple good pictures after sunset under artificial light. This camera and recipe combo is my top option for color travel photography, including a family outing to an amusement park. Because I used a Film Simulation Recipe and shot JPEG, when I returned home I only had to download the pictures from my camera to my phone, crop or straighten if necessary, and upload to my cloud storage. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Shark Bite – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Happy Josh – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Yellow Duck, Blue Boat – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Skipper School – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Nautical Light – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Amused – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Selfie – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Big Leaves – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Blur – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Carousel Riders – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Space Guy – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Encounters – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Not Amused – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Snack Break – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Waiting Isn’t Fun – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Bubbles – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Jon Acting Crazy – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Under the Dim Light – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”
Amanda’s Smile – Carlsbad, CA – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”

This post contains affiliate links, and if you make a purchase using my links I’ll be compensated a small amount for it.

Fujifilm X100V in black:  Amazon   B&H  Moment
Fujifilm X100V in silver: Amazon   B&H  Moment

Find this Film Simulation Recipe and over 250 more on the Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes App!

Achieving Consistent Results with Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipes

Pilot – Cordes Lakes, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Kodachrome 64

Film Simulation Recipes are a great way to achieve consistent results when shooting with Fujifilm cameras. These recipes allow you to replicate the look and feel of various film stocks by applying specific settings to your camera. For a certain photo series or project, you might want all of the images to appear cohesive, and recipes are an easy way to do that. Let’s go over some quick tips for achieving consistent results using Film Simulation Recipes.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the different Film Simulation Recipes available to you—there are over 250 on this website and the Fuji X Weekly App—and how they differ. Fujifilm offers a variety of film simulations, each with its own unique look and feel, that are then customized to create specific aesthetics. Most, but not all, are designed to mimic the look of classic film stocks or analog processes. Some are more ideal for certain light situations or subjects. Experimenting with various recipes can help you find the one that best suits your style and subject matter.

Denny’s Days – Beaver, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Kodachrome 64

Once you’ve chosen a Film Simulation Recipe, it’s important to stick with it. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving consistent results. This means using the same recipe for all of the shots in a given series or project. This will ensure that all of your images have a cohesive look and feel, rather than appearing disjointed due to using multiple recipes.

Another tip for achieving consistent results is to make sure your camera is set up properly. This might include using or not using flash, shooting through just one lens, using a certain filter, or even selecting a particular aperture or ISO, depending on how strict you want to get. These factors can all impact the final look of your images, so it’s important to get them right throughout the entirety of the project.

Red Taco Trailer – Culleoka, TX – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Kodachrome 64”

In addition to setting up your camera properly, it’s also important to consider the lighting conditions when using Film Simulation Recipes. Different lighting conditions can have a big impact on the final look of your images, so it’s important to take this into account when shooting. For example, if you will be photographing in artificial light, you may want to choose a recipe that is designed to mimic the look of a Tungsten film stock. You might consider using similar light for all of the photographs within the series.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Film Simulation Recipes are just one aspect of achieving consistent results. Other factors, such as composition and subject matter, can all have an impact on the final look of your images. However, by following the tips outlined in this article, you can get started on the path towards achieving consistent results with your Fujifilm camera.

This post contains affiliate links, and if you make a purchase using my links I’ll be compensated a small amount for it.

Fujifilm X-T5 in black:  Amazon  B&H
Fujifilm X-T5 in silver:  Amazon  B&H
Fujifilm X-E4 in black:  Amazon   B&H
Fujifilm X-E4 in silver:  Amazon   B&H

Find the Fuji X Weekly App in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Creative Collective 009: 36 Frames – Fujifilm X100V – Kodachrome 64 Recipe – All Manual

Red Freightliner – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Kodachrome 64 – Frame 05

Back in the film days, most of the cameras I had were fully manual. No auto or semi-auto modes. No autofocus. Manual everything. In the digital age, modern cameras are pretty good at taking care of some tasks for you. You can afford to be a little lazy and still get the shot with ease. It’s a marvel of modern camera technology!

Nowadays I mostly shoot in Aperture-Priority (with Shutter and ISO set to A), or occasionally Shutter-Priority (with Aperture and ISO set to A). Only on rare occasions do I manually select shutter, aperture, and ISO. It’s not uncommon that I manually focus, especially if I’m using a vintage lens, but most of the time I’m allowing the camera to autofocus for me. It’s just easier. But sometimes easier isn’t better. It’s good to stay in photographic shape, and to challenge yourself from time-to-time.

I decided to challenge myself yesterday to this: shoot 36 frames (like a roll of film) with the same film simulation recipe, using manual everything. Manual aperture. Manual shutter. Manual ISO. Manual focus. The camera I chose was the Fujifilm X100V, and I loaded it with my Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe. I headed out right at sunrise.

This was my experience.

Subscribe to get access

Read more of this content when you join the Fuji X Weekly Creative Collective today! Click here to learn more about the Creative Collective.