Film simulation recipe for Fujifilm X-series with Eterna Cinema
Soft tones photography is definitely my preferred style, and you’ll know this from the type of recipes I make on this site. For this one, I decided to see how far I could push it, and still get pleasing results. So, we have Ultrasoft 77, a warm and cosy Eterna film recipe, with the flattest possible tone curve for super soft tones.
This film recipe is useful when you want to tame harsh lighting conditions, and you can get interesting results on rainy days too. But, Ultrasoft 77 really comes into its own during the softer light of golden hour. You can achieve some very delicate results in the first and last hours of the day.
Film Recipe for Ultrasoft 77
- Simulation: Eterna Cinema
- Grain Effect: Weak, Small
- Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
- Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
- White Balance: Auto
- WB Shift: +7 Red, -7 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR100
- Highlights: -2
- Shadows: -2
- Colour: -2
- Sharpness: 0
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: +2
- EV compensation: -1/3
Whilst this recipe uses a -2, -2 tone curve it isn’t softened with negative sharpening or clarity. In fact, you still get crisp edges and sharp images, with a +2 clarity crisping things up just a touch. I find it a nice effect, but you can leave clarity off if you prefer.
Rainy Days with Ultrasoft 77
More Recipes with Flattened Tone Curve
As a fan of soft tone photography, I’ve made plenty of recipes with a softer tone that lift shadows and soften highlights. Here are a few that you might enjoy.
- Fading Memory – Pale and nostalgic, like a fading memory
- Kodak Portra 66 – Classic Kodak vibes tuned for sunny road trips
- Soft Cinnamon – A special recipe using Bleach Bypass
- Fuji Five-O – Soft film-like recipe for trips to the ocean
- Liminal Mono – A toned mono recipe with a unique soft look
Soft tone recipes from other sites, which includes the popular soft tone Kodak Portra recipes. Recipes are from Fuji X Weekly unless mentioned.
- Kodak Portra 160 – Pale and creamy with a classic look
- Kodak Portra 400 v2 – An alternative look based on 400 film
- Kodak Portra 800 v2 – The best of the three IMHO
- Vintage Vibes – Based on photos from Arizona Highways
- 1979 – soft with a playful colour tone, by Craig Bergonzoni
- ReggieChrome – Soft tones with Classic Chrome, by Reggie Ballesteros (YouTube link)