For this 36 frame "roll of film" for the Film Simulation Challenge, I chose to use Ritchie's [[Not] My Fujifilm X-Pro2 Tri-X Push-Process] which is Luis Costa's Black and White recipe which is based on ACROS. I'll let Luis describe the recipe.

When it comes to monochrome images, I still use the same recipe that I came up with once I upgraded to an X-trans III camera a few years ago. I’m a fan of contrasty, grainy images when it comes to B&W, so I experimented a bit and discovered that the Acros film sim when shot at high ISOs produces some very film-like grain, which looks much more natural than the grain effect in the film sim settings. This works particularly well with older legacy lenses, because of their natural imperfections compared to current lenses.Luis Costa

And here's what Ritchie wrote about that recipe:

The film simulation recipe that Luis invented produces results that resemble Kodak Tri-X 400 film that’s been pushed one or perhaps one-and-a-half stops, and I would add using Agfa Rodinal. The grain pattern and structure isn’t a 100% match, but for straight-out-of-camera results, it’s pretty darn convincing. I’ve only been using it for a week, but it has already become one of my favorites! It’s better than my Acros Push-Process recipe that I use frequently, and I like that one a lot, too.Ritchie Roesch

And the following set of images is what results when I don't read the fine print, and my wife drives me into Princeton on a sunny, cloudless fall afternoon w, here I spend 45 minutes walking around capturing high contrast scenes at ISO 400. This recipe is meant to be used at high ISO, between 3200 & 12800, and I shot the whole roll of 36 on the wrong ISO setting.

This is one reason why shooting film sucks and why most professional photographers that I know, including ones who were in the industry for several decades, switched to digital a long time ago. Whether it's sniffing chemicals in some dark, dingy hole or clicking and dragging, their clients don't care how you got the shot. They don't care about "slowing down" or "decisive moments" or shooting only in manual or with primes or any of that other mental junk that amateurs spend their time debating. They get paid for results.

If you shoot film and process film, I hope you enjoy it. If you shoot and process digital, I hope you enjoy doing that. Just don't tell me that one or the other has some sort of magical property. I rarely post straight-out-of-the-camera images on this website.

I have a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 in my Asahi Optical Co. Spotmatic II. I have been waiting for an opportunity to shoot that roll, which I now know from this experience with the film simulation recipe must be a cloudy or overcast day. It will soon be winter in New Jersey and I expect I will have a lot of cloudy, grey, dreary days.

From the SOOC JPEG, you see here; I did not get good results. These are the best of the shots. The rest are all blown out in highlights. I rented a Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR (~52mm full-frame FOV) for the week and through the week and decided to try it out. The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR performed admirably despite my ineptitude. A few of the shots were out of focus, which is also operator error.

I took a landscape and cityscape in B&W workshop a few weeks ago. I think I will process the same set of RAF images using the techniques I learned in that course. The results won't be based on any films except the one I invent in my head.

FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR | f/5.6 | ISO 400

My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe by Ritchie Roesch (Fuji X Weekly)

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.

The featured image is from the RAW image processed using the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom.

Rocky Hill Inn with Ritchie Roesch's Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe

Rocky Hill Inn on Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Rocky Hill Inn with Ritchie Roesch's Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe

on Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

The farmers' market images were taken yesterday morning in hot full sunlight.

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom. —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market with Ritchie Roesch's Kodachrome II Recipe

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market Kodachrome II Fuji Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market with Ritchie Roesch's Kodacolour Recipe

Montgomery Friends Farmers' Market Kodacolour Fuji Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower with Ritchie Roesch's Kodachrome II Recipe

Kodachrome II —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower with Ritchie Roesch's Kodacolour Recipe

Kodacolour —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Big Sky with Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Ritchie Roesch's Kodachrome II Recipe

Big Sky with Kodachrome II —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Ritchie Roesch's Kodacolour Recipe

Big Sky Kodacolour —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Morning has broken, blackbird has spoken. I am sharing what I saw out the rear sliding door this morning.

SOOC JPEG shot using Ritchie Roesch's X-T30 Velvia Film Simulation Recipe.

FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi SMC Takumar 28 mm f/3.5 @ (28 mm, f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi SMC Takumar 28 mm f/3.5 @ (28 mm, f/8.0, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams