Alta Vista, with Soft Turquoise Skies

Classic Chrome film simulation recipe for X-Trans IV with a teal tone

When I started my working life, Alta Vista was the no. 1 search engine, and Google was a curiosity that hadn’t yet taken off. Anyway, what about this recipe?

Sometimes, when I see an image, I experiment in X Raw Studio to see if I can recreate the style from some raw files. Quite a few of my recipes start out this way, and then move to the camera for testing.

Alta Vista is one such experiment, but in this case, I ended up with a very different look than I had intended. I was quite taken by it, and I decided to embrace the strong teal tones. And, because it’s all about the sky and big views, I went with the name Alta Vista.

Teal toned skies and the main feature of the Alta Vista film recipe

Alta Vista Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: 6600K
  • WB Shift: -5 Red, -1 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +1
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Looking East along the shore, with the Alta Vista film recipe
Turquoise tones in the sky, with the Alta Vista film recipe
Golden hour is now a blue hour, with Alta Vista film recipe
Smooth rocks on the shore, with Alta Vista film recipe
Trying a 10mm wide angle view, with Alta Vista film recipe
Leaves in the shady forest, with Alta Vista film recipe
In the sunny hedgerow, with Alta Vista film recipe
Alta Vista film recipe, looking over the bean field
Bean details, captued with the Alta Vista film recipe
On the beach with the fishing boats, and Alta Vista film recipe

Other Recipes with Teal Tones

A turquoise colour shift is one of the built in features of Classic Chrome, and whilst many recipes add a warm colour balance to reduce this, it’s still a noticable feature in many recipes. Additionally, some recipes purposely add a teal tone with a colour shift, even though they are based on a different simulation. Here’s a few turquoise, teal and blue tone recipes to investigate.

Teal Blues on Other Sites


🌊 Let’s get creative in this new round of The Film Recipes Challenge 🏄 The recipe is the burned and faded look, Childhood Vacation, which loves to be over exposed. Try some images and share a selection in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. Open to everyone, until end of 8th June. Tag #childhoodvacation ☀️

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