Film Simulation Review: Planting Flowers with “Kodak Gold 200”

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White Tulip Bloom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

Believe it or not, there are over 70 different film simulation recipes on Fuji X Weekly! That’s amazing! There are lots more than I would have guessed before I counted them. And I’m working on even more!

Something I’ve realized is that I haven’t spent all that much time on the practical use of these different recipes. You might not know which ones to choose, or when to use them, or maybe even how to use them. Perhaps you are overwhelmed by all of the options. Maybe you are not sure which ones can be used on which cameras. I haven’t done a great job with this side of it, the practical side. Moving forward I hope to make things easier for you by showing you the “what, where and why” of the different film simulation recipes.

This post is the very tiny tip of what I hope is a great big iceberg of information. I plan to publish many articles that I hope are helpful to you, that answer some of the questions you might have about these recipes. This article is a very simple one: an example of when to use my Kodak Gold 200 film simulation recipe. I get asked often, “What’s the best recipe for this situation?” Whatever that situation might be. I thought it would be helpful to showcase different recipes being used in various situations. I hope to do a whole bunch of these types of articles, and I’m calling them Film Simulation ReviewsYou’ll be able to see a certain recipes used in a certain situation, and you’ll be able to judge for yourself if you like it or not. If you appreciate how a certain recipe looks in a certain case, for example Kodak Gold 200 with flowers and shaded light, which is what you see here, then you can use it yourself when in a similar situation.

My wife, Amanda, was going to plant some flowers in a pot on our porch, and I wanted to capture it. I grabbed my Fujifilm X-T30 and attached a Fujinon 35mm f/2 lens to it. Why this combo? I like that camera and lens; I don’t have a profound answer. Initially I planned to use my Portra 160 recipe, but after judging the light, which was shady and flat, I decided to go with the Gold recipe instead because it has more contrast. I think it was a good choice for this scene. Actual Kodak Gold film was considered a good all-around choice for many situations, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the film simulation that mimics it is also good for many different situations.

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Pot & Soil – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Digging Dirt – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Planting Tulips – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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White Tulip Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Adding Yellow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Adding Soil – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Potted Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Just Add Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Wet Potted Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Wet Tulip – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Porch Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

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Potted Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2

My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Gold 200 Film Simulation Recipe

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Crown Burger – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Gold 200”

I’ve been asked countless times to create a Kodak Gold film simulation recipe. I’ve tried several times to make one, but I couldn’t get it quite right. Last week I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a picture that I thought at first glance was captured using my Portra 160 recipe. It’s not unusual to see pictures that were captured using my different recipes, as some of them have become quite popular. It was an interesting picture, so I took my time looking at it, and as I did I thought that there was just too much saturation, contrast and grain for it to be my Portra recipe, yet it was still very similar. When I read the description I realized that the picture was captured with actual Kodak Gold 200 film! At that moment I knew that I could create a Gold recipe simply by modifying the Portra recipe.

Kodak Gold, which was introduced in the late-1980’s and is still around today, is a general purpose color negative film. It was originally called Kodacolor VR-G, then Kodacolor Gold, and finally Gold. It replaced Kodacolor VR. While the film has been improved a few times over the years, it still looks pretty much the same today as it did in the 1980’s. The film is prone to color shifts, and results can vary significantly depending on how the picture was shot, developed and printed or scanned.

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Flowing Farmington Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Gold 200”

Even though this Kodak Gold film simulation recipe is very similar to my Portra recipe, it took many experiments to get it right. I tried different combinations of Highlight, Shadow and Color before settling on these settings. I adjusted the white balance shift several times before returning to the same shift as Portra 160. I feel that this recipe is a good facsimile to actual Gold film, although, like all recipes, it will never be exact, as it cannot account for all the variables. It’s pretty close, though, in my opinion. I want to give a special thank-you to Fuji X Weekly reader Piotr Skrzypek for creating the original Portra 160 recipe for X-Trans II, which allowed me to make one for X-Trans III & IV cameras, which in turn made this Kodak Gold 200 recipe possible. This recipe is compatible with X-Trans III & IV cameras.

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

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodak Gold 200 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

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Space Communication – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Sky Traffic – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Little Grass Runner – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pear Tree Top – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Spring Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Tree Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Backlit Pear Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pear Blossom Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Boy in Spring – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Branch & Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pear Blossom Reflection – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Phragmites – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Easy Feelin’ – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Girl in the Backyard – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Stages of Tulip Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Crescent Tulips – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Floral Decor – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Cheese – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Grill & Chill – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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No Door Dash in the Drive Thru – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Corner – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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KFC – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Everette Brown – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Outside 7-Eleven – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Sunlight Through The Trees – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Tree Trunk Above the Pond – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Boulder Above the Pond – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Father & Son Fishing in Farmington Pond – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Fishing in Farmington Pond – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Staircase Down to the Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Flowing Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Creek in the Woods – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Rocky Farmington Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Winter is Nearly Over – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Red Car in Green Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Bug in the Dirt – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Sunset on Burger Customer Parking  – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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