Above/featured: 1st Narrows, from John Lawson Pier.
My Fujifilm X70 mirrorless fixed-lens prime camera has been a big plus for photography at domestic and international locations. The built-into-camera film-simulations (e.g., Provia, Velvia) work beautifully in standard settings, but as I’ve never had a film camera, the advent of “camera recipes” to produce additional film-like settings stimulated interest in different colour or pictorial representations.
So far, I’ve tested these Fujifilm film-simulation (“film-sim”) recipes:
• Ektachrome 100SW (saturated warm), simulating images with the Kodak colour transparency or slide films produced 1996–2002;
• Kodachrome 64, simulating images with the Kodak colour film produced between the mid-1970s and 2009;
• Kodacolor, “producing classic Kodak analog aesthetic closest to early-1980s Kodacolor VR200 colour film that’s been overexposed.”
3 film-sim recipes in sunny summer September
On a sunny late-summer day, I skip across the waters of Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea) to West Vancouver for a photography test of three Fuji film-sim recipes: “Fujichrome Slide”, “Kodak Platinum 200”, and “Kodacolor”. These recipes are for the X-Trans II sensor as Ritchie Roesch describe in Fuji X Weekly. All other recipes sorted by specific Fujifilm camera sensor are found here.
My X70 camera settings are:
|Built-in film-sim||Standard (Provia)||Standard (Provia)||Classic Chrome|
|Colour||+2 (High)||+2 (High)||-2 (Low)|
|Sharpness||+1 (Medium-High)||+1 (Medium-High)||0 (Medium)|
|Highlights tone||-1 (Medium-Low)||+1 (Medium-High)||+1 (Medium-High)|
|Shadows tone||+2 (High)||-2 (Low)||+1 (Medium-High)|
|White Balance||Fluorescent 1||Sunlight||6300K|
|WB R,B offset||-4 Red, +7 Blue||0 Red, 0 Blue||-3 Red, -2 Blue|
|Noise Reduction||-2 (Low)|
With straight-out-of-the-camera JPGs, I reduced the image area by a factor of 6 from full-size to post-size. I made no adjustments to exposure level, rotation, geometric distortion, or spatial/lateral shift. The main differences I observed among these three recipes are:
Fujichrome Slide: pink-purple tinge;
Kodak Platinum 200: blues emphasized; and
Kodacolor: coppery-green tinge.
Depending on what you’re trying to convey or want the viewer to feel, I know I’ve got a place for all three of these recipes under bright natural light.
Squamish Nation Welcome Figure
First Narrows, Salish Sea
Villa Maris (“The Pink Palace”)
BC Ferries at Horseshoe Bay
I made all photos above in West Vancouver on 21 Sep 2022. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-nKa.