Nostalgic Standard for a Warm Retro Tone

Warm tone film recipe for Fujifilm X-Trans IV, like the X100V, X-E4, X-S10

Sometimes, I want to achieve a mellow nostalgic tone in my images, but I prefer not to add the extra styling of Classic Chrome or Classic Negative. This Fujifilm film recipe is for days like that. It has a gently warm retro feel from a creamy colour balance shift, but using the Pro Neg Standard film simulation.

And, just because the mood is warm, it didn’t have to be hazy. So, I also avoided the misty effect seen in many recipes and used a +3 clarity to keep things crisp and clear, and add some additional contrast to the mid tones. This gives a mellow yet sharp recipe, which makes it sound a bit more like a cheese than a photo style, but either way I hope you enjoy the results.

Because of the clarity setting the recipe is compatible with newer Fujifilm X-series cameras, but you can just ignore clarity if you want to try it out on other models.

Nature walk, taken with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe

Nostalgic Standard Film Recipe

  • Simulation: PRO Neg. Standard
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Off
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +1
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +3 (optional)
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Mellow tones, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Autumn beauty, captured with Nostaldic Standard
Spring gorse flowers, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Summer anemones in the garden, with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
It’s that time of year again, using Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Rainy day leaves, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Oyster shells washed up on the beach, Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Horizontal and vertical, Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Rainy view across fields, with Nostalgic Standard
Watching & listening, taken with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Walking the trails, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Mellow vintage tones, captured with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Relaxing on the dried out lawn, Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Oak sapling, taken with Nostalgic Standard in morning light
Lime tree leaves, captured with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
A woodland walk, with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Forest trail in strong sunshine, taken with Nostalgic Standard
Forest ferns in sunlight, captured with Nostalgic Standard recipe
Sun bursting through, taken with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Subtle cloud colours, using Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Sunset softness, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Relfections in the wet sand, using Nostalgic Standard film recipe

Skin Tones with Nostalgic Standard

Afternoon sun selfie, with skin tones by Nostalgic Standard
Overcast day skin tone example, Nostalgic Standard film recipe

More Pro Neg Film Simulation Recipes

When I read about the Pro Neg simulations, I see that they were provided as good options for portrait photography. However, I find that their presentation of natural tones is lovely for nature and landscapes too. I’ve made a small handful of recipes with Pro Neg Standard and Hi.

  • Natural Standard – a naturally balanced film recipe for landscapes, rural scenes and shots in the garden
  • Retro Standard – with a warmer tint for a nostalgic look, this is a great choice for adding a mellow tone
  • Gold Standard – modelled on a classic Kodak Gold film style, this is a general use recipe

Pro Neg on Hemelsteen & FujiXWeekly

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. Everyone is welcome, from all around the world! For inspiration, see previous galleries. ➡️ The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the challenge.

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