When Fujifilm entered the digital camera market they did so with a firm intent to pay homage to their film heritage both in the styling of their cameras and in their attention to detail in the colour science of their film simulations.
For years the mantra in the digital photography world was ‘I shoot RAW’. In recent years though the novelty of spending hours in front of a computer screen developing images has worn somewhat thin. Along with a nostalgia for the film days, the superior in camera jpeg engine and the ability to create very flexible custom settings an almost cult like following has developed in the Fujifilm underworld.
The somewhat recent ability to connect to Fujifilms cameras via proprietary software ( X Raw Studio ) creating ‘recipes’, as they are known by the disciples, and to use the in camera engine to develop the images has lead to a plethora of recipes to emulate old film stock. Kodachrome 64, Kodachrome II, Ectachrome 100SW, Kodak Porta 160, Agfa Optima, Lomography Colour 100, Cross Process to name but just a few. And the list goes on and on as can be seen on the ever popular website https://fujixweekly.com/. The X ninjas are striking back with the new clarion call ‘I only shoot jpeg’ and enjoy more coffee time.
Even with the oldest of cameras in the Fujifilm range between the possibility of setting Film Simulation, Colour Saturation, Dynamic Range , Tone Curve , Noise Reduction, Sharpness, White Balance and White Balance offset there is the ability to create 565 million different recipes/variations, theoretically speaking . Now excluding push /pull using exposure compensation and ISO adjustments to emulate grain, and all the newer customisable settings on the more recent in their line up – I think you get the picture.
Rather than slavishly follow the trend to create recipes aiming to emulate old film stock I thought it would be an interesting exercise to select 4 villages in my local area and define the characteristics of those villages in everyday terms. Then to attempt to create a ‘recipe’ which reflects the character of those villages and name it after them.
Welcome to my backyard. Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simonstown.
Gritty, run down, hippy, neglected,surfers.
|Film Simulation||Classic Chrome|
|White Balance||5300K +4B:-5R|
Vibrant, colourful, bohemian, cool, hip, arty.
|White Balance||5900K +3B:+3R|
Dreary, dull, stuck in a 70s timewarp, outdated.
|Film Simulation||Pro Neg Std|
|White Balance||7100K -4B:+2R|
Old world charm, sophisticated, gentrified, arty.
|White Balance||5600K +3B:+3|
The above have been created on the older technology in the Fujifilm line up, the X-T10 which has the xtrans II sensor and ‘limited’ in camera customisation ability compared to features on newer models. They will therefore also work on the newer cameras in the line up. Feel free to try them out and modify them to your taste on the Fujifilm camera of your choice or to engage in a similar exercise in your own backyard with whatever camera make you own.
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