Urbex Cinematic, Eterna for Urban Exploration

Eterna simulation recipe for urbex, industrial and city photography

Urban exploration photography is a growing trend, where you take a photowalk through a city or other built up area and look out for interesting photo subjects. These can be buildings, highways, rail tracks, fences, trucks or industrial buildings. Images often include a lot of grey or materials like metal and concrete.

I’ve used Eterna film simulation as the base for this recipe, with soft tones, but also a built in green tint to neutrals that adds a lot of cinematic character, and works well with greys and neturals for a muted urbex look.

Concrete foundations at the harbour, Urbex Cinematic film recipe

Urbex Cinematic Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna/Cinema
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Large
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +2.0
  • Shadows: +3.0
  • Color: -4
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +2
  • EV compensation: +2/3

NB: These details have been corrected with the -6 Blue setting.

Cracked concrete with Eterna tones, Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Sunrise in the big city, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Urban transport, captured with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Rail tracks and points, with the Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Fencing on the bridge, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Urbex Cinematic film recipe, adding creamy green tone
Harbour office building, captured with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
View across the water, taken with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Cinematic tones on the beach, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Reeds in the marsh, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
At the tennis club, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Ready to play, captured with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Tennis hall reflection, using the Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Wild rose, captued with Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Relaxed cat, taken with the Urbex Cinematic film recipe
Rolling in the afternoon sun, with Urbex Cinematic film recipe

Inspiration for Urbex Photography

Try these links to give you some inspiration for urban photography styles.

Facebook groups to try.

Urban Film Recipes

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the new recipe, Kodak Pro Image and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or in the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Jan 31st. 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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