Hipsta Ray Mark II in a Creamy Retro Style

A Hipstamatic inspired Fujifilm recipe for X-Trans IV with Eterna Bleach Bypass

For several years, I was an avid user of Hipstamatic on iPhone. In the boom years, the arrival of new ‘paks’ was a moment of collective excitement. Learning how to use the retro inspired options to produce different styles was a community effort, and there were thousands of people sharing the results and bouncing ideas off of eachother.

The app is still going strong around a decade later, with a dedicated user base and mind boggling number of paks and features. For me though, those early days were the best.

I gave some thought to which of those Hipstamatic looks I might be able to reproduce in a film recipe. Most are impossible, but one that can be approximated is Ray Mark II with it’s warm, almost sepia tones and desaturated look. Here is my take on it.

Sunset over the river, with the Hipsta Ray Mk II recipe

Hipstamatic Ray Mk II Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna Bleach Bypass
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Shade
  • WB Shift: +7 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR100
  • Highlights: -2
  • Shadows: -2
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: -1/3 to +1/3
Big old tree with mistletoe
Old barn & blue skies
Wheat silhouette, captured with Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Creamy coffee-like tones in the harvested wheat field.
Sunny leaves, with the Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Overexposed in sunlight
Underexposed after sunset
Summer heather with mellow tones, Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Bluebells become purple, with the Hispta Ray Mk II recipe
Sunset along the lane, with Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Sepia toned oak leaves, with Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Mellowed skies, with Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Lakeside view, taken with the Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Wonderful with old buildings, the creamy Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe
Mellow vintage styles with the Hipsta Ray Mk II film recipe

This film recipe was originally published on the Fuji X Weekly community recipe pages, here. If you have a recipe that you’d like to share, why not submit one too?

Film Recipes with a Strongly Mellow Tone

This film recipe falls into my extreme styles category, with a strongly toned look that means it’s more likely to be useful in a narrower range of specific cases. Here are a few other recipes with a strong mellow tone…

Join the fun! The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to chat film recipes, or share photos you’ve taken with the recipes. The Karmachroma challenge is on. Shoot with Karmachroma and share by Sun, Oct 2nd. Everyone is welcome to share photos from around the world. A selection will be added to the site. Let’s go!

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