The real Kodachrome film is dead but lives on as Fujifilm X camera film simulation recipes or as Adobe Lightroom presets.
For straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, I have used Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II film simulation recipes. I used these JPEGs when I am out in the field, and I want an image for direct upload to my blog. But quite often I like to post-process the Fujifilm RAW image files (RAF) in Adobe Lightroom before uploading to my website for a blog post. Sometimes I want to remove a distracting object from the frame, something that I could not remove by re-framing, or change the shadow or highlights in a particular section of a frame, etc. JEPGS are not the best option for doing that. Often, after making my edits, I will apply an Adobe Lightroom preset before uploading. Several months ago, I purchased the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset.
The Classic K14 Lightroom Preset is an easy way for me to create the famous Kodachrome film look in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Camera RAW. With this Adobe Lightroom preset the camera profile is included to ensure the preset will perform uniquely for each camera model.
I can apply this preset in Adobe Lightroom during import or later using the develop module. Examples are given below for some of the images I took on my Nikon D5100, a rented Sony α7 and my Fujifilm X-T2.
I can also apply the Kodachrome II film simulation recipe to un-edited RAF file using the Fujifilm X RAW Studio app.
Ritchie Roesch recently announced his Film Simulation Challenge, which requires that the photographer load her camera with one film simulation recipe, capturing either 24 or 36 frames before changing settings. The photographer is forced to shoot with that one "roll" of the film until that roll is completely exposed. Ritchie's post from today reminded me that I had not yet submitted an entry.
For the challenge, I used a Fujifilm Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe. While I typically post-process my images in Adobe Lightroom, applying film simulation recipes as needed, I thought it would take a fun experiment that might force me to slow down, focus on framing and composition, taking care that I create each image. I failed miserably.
My wife was having foot surgery in the morning through the afternoon. I drove into Historic Hightstown to dine at the Morgan's Island Grill, which Yelp described as a Caribbean restaurant. After eating on a chicken roti, I walked around the small section of Hightstown that is listed as historical, which is just a few shops lining a few blocks of the main street. I didn't give myself enough time, and near the end of the hour, I found myself rushing to "complete my roll". Of the 24 images, these are the ones I deemed worthy of sharing.
While walking around, I noticed the absence of people. I saw one person exit the Physic store and later one person walked on the sidewalk on the other side of Main Street. But other than the occasional car or truck, Main Street was quiet.
Last week I was contacted by a Fuji X Weekly reader who wanted help creating an in-camera look that was similar to the pictures from this other photographer. It didn’t take me long to realize that the photographer in question was using a digital camera (Nikon D750) and applying a plugin preset (most likely VSCO) to achieve the desired look. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the preset is supposed to resemble Kodak Portra 400, although probably one of the alternative versions and not the straight Portra 400 preset. Anytime that I get one of these requests I always make an attempt to create it, although oftentimes my efforts are not successful and no recipe is made. This time, my first stab at it was pretty close, and a little refining made it even closer. I was able to quickly create a film simulation recipe that produces similar results in-camera to what that other photographer is getting with software.
After taking a look at Ritchie's recent Kodacolour Film Simulation recipe, I decided to capture a few images with the new recipe to compare to Kodachrome II, one of his other film simulation recipes that I use quite often. It seems that Ritchie had the idea before me because he wrote a post comparing his various film simulation recipes . I used Fujifilm's X RAW Studio software to process the images in my X-T2.
The images of the Rocky Hill Inn were taken in the early morning with a cloudy sky.