Fujifilm film simulations are digital in-camera filters that replicate the distinctive colours and tones of Fujifilm's traditional film stocks. These simulations are available in Fujifilm's digital cameras and in their image editing software.
Fujifilm film simulations are designed to provide a range of film looks, including classic films like Provia, Velvia, and Astia, as well as more experimental films like ACROS and Eterna. Each simulation is based on the characteristics of a specific film stock and is designed to reproduce the unique colour palette, contrast, and grain structure of that film.
These film simulations are popular among photographers who want to replicate the look and feel of traditional film photography in their digital images. They can also be a useful tool for photographers who want to experiment with different looks and styles without the need for extensive post-processing.
Fujifilm film simulations are typically adjustable, allowing users to fine-tune the intensity of the effect to suit their individual preferences. They can be a valuable tool for photographers looking to create distinctive and evocative images, whether they are working in a commercial or artistic context.
Compare these two images. The one in the header was captured on my Fuji X-T3 with the XF27mmF2.8 R WR (~41mm full-frame equivalent) using the Classic Chrome Film Simulation and then edited in Adobe Lightroom.
The one below was captured on my Minolta XD-11 using Kodak Portra 160 and the MD ROKKOR-X 45mm F2 lens. Both images were captured from the samee vangage poiht on the East Savannah Road bridge in Lewes, Delaware.
I prefer the images from my Fuji X-T3. it has less noise and is more colour accurate.
For the eleventh instalment of the Film Simulation Challenge, I chose Ritchie's Kodak Ektar 100 Film Simulation Recipe. The goal of the challenge is to use the same settings for 24 or 36 exposures, similar to shooting a roll of film. This particular film simulation recipe is intended to imitate the look of Kodak Ektachrome 100SW film. I “loaded” this “film” into my Fujifilm X-T2.
Another hot, humid day of al fresco dining at the Brick Farm Tavern provided the opportunity to try this film simulation.
Ektar is a color negative film made by Kodak. It’s known for vibrant colors, high contrast and fine grain, and, even though it is a negative film, it is more like reversal (slide) film. I would say that, while the results aren’t 100% identical, there are a lot of similarities between Ektar 100 and Ektachrome 100VS. In fact, when Kodak discontinued Ektachrome 100VS, they recommended Ektar 100 as the closest film.
Ektar is ideal for vibrant landscapes or any situation where you want lots of contrast and saturated colors. It’s not usually one’s first choice for portrait photography because skin tones can be off. Some people use it extensively for portraits, but the general advice is to use Ektar for everything other than people pictures. I’ve shot a few rolls of it in the past, but it’s been probably seven or eight years.
I am not a fan of this film simulation. I'm not too fond of the noticeable red cast in the images, especially in the skin tones. Perhaps I prefer my images on the cooler side.
I took Ritchie’s Ektachrome 100SW recipe out for al fresco dining at the Brick Farm Tavern.
For the tenth instalment of the Film Simulation Challenge, I chose Ritchie's Kodak Ektachrome 100SW Film Simulation Recipe. The goal of the challenge is to use the same settings for 24 or 36 exposures, similar to shooting a roll of film. This particular film simulation recipe is intended to imitate the look of Kodak Ektachrome 100SW film. I “loaded” this “film” into my Fujifilm X-T2.
The bright and warm weather on this early evening dinner at the Brick Farm Tavern provided me with the opportunity to test out this film simulation recipe. The weather was just right for Brick Farm Tavern to open their outdoor seating for reservations. They had announced it last week, and I booked us for a table right away. They offered twenty-four socially distanced outdoor tables, of which sixteen of them can be reserved via OpenTable starting today! The rest of the tables are available for walk-ins on a first-come-first-served basis.
Kodak Ektachrome 100SW is another film which I have never used and since the film is discontinued, I will never get to use. Kodak discontinued Ektachrome 100 in 2002, ceased all production of Ektachrome films in 2012, but then brought it back in 2018 with a newer formulation. I have a 36 exposure roll of Ektachrome E100 that I will soon get to try in my Pentax ESII. Here's Ritchie's overview of Kodak Ektachrome 100SW Film:
Ektachrome was a line of color transparency (slide) films made by Kodak that used the E-6 development process. Some people preferred it to Kodachrome because of the faster ISO (100 vs 64 or 25), more saturated colors and easier development (although Kodachrome had finer grain, a larger dynamic range and didn’t fade as easily). A lot of National Geographic photographs were shot on Ektachrome back in the day.
There were a number of varieties of Ektachrome produced over the years, and I’ve used five of them myself. My favorite was Ektachrome 100VS (VS = “very saturated”), which was Kodak’s attempt at Fujifilm Velvia. Occasionally I used Ektachrome 100SW (SW = “saturated warm”), which was introduced in 1996 and produced vivid photographs with a warm color balance. Kodak stopped production of Ektachrome 100SW in 2002 and all Ektachrome film in 2012.
The images have a slightly green cast to them but I think that added to the feeling of "summer" al fresco dining.