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
Spring gorse flowers, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Summer anemones in the garden, with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Rainy day leaves, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Rainy view across fields, with Nostalgic Standard
Watching & listening, taken with Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Subtle cloud colours, using Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Sunset softness, with the Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Relaxing on the dried out lawn, Nostalgic Standard film recipe
Oak sapling, taken with Nostalgic Standard in morning light
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

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

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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