Astia Mellow, a Retro Film-Like Look

As Fujifilm X-series photographers, we are blessed by the choices offered by the amazing built in film simulations in our cameras. For a Kodachrome style, we have Classic Chrome, for a Fujicolor style, we have Classic Negative, and for a more contemporary film-like appearance, there is Astia.

Over time, I’ve come to love Astia more and more, and have been using it as a base for film recipes. There’s something subtle, almost undescribable about the tone it produces. A sort of creamy green balance that adds a mellowness. In this recipe, I’ve looked to bring out this essence of that film like look and a mellow overall feel.

A film-like retro look, with the Astia Mellow film recipe

Astia Mellow Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Astia / Soft
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Shade
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -3 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -2
  • Shadows: -1
  • Colour: -4
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Sweet pea flowers, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Early morning light by the river, Astia Mellow film recipe
Boardwalk scene, taken with Astia Mellow film recipe
A trail in New Forest National Park, with Astia Mellow film recipe
Basketball hoop in the city park, Astia Mellow film recipe
Railway signal, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Morning walk at low tide, taken with the Astia Mellow film recipe
The British love their beach huts, Astia Mellow film recipe
A nautical marker, using the Astia Mellow film recipe
Fishing in the shallows, taken with Astia Mellow film recipe
A soft sunset on a 30C day, with Astia Mellow
Beach vibes, with the Astia Mellow film recipe
Swan family on the river, Astia Mellow film recipe
Riverside path on a warm afternoon, Astia Mellow film recipe
On the sea wall, with Astia Mellow film recipe
Calm waters and overgrown groyne, Astia Mellow film recipe
Sun trying to break through, Astia Mellow film recipe
Urban exploration, Astia Mellow film recipe
Old bridge details, Astia Mellow film recipe
The Manchester train on the way, with Astia Mellow film recipe
City view from the bridge, Astia Mellow film recipe
A relaxed way to avoid traffic jams, with Astia Mellow film recipe
The sailing club getting ready, with Astia Mellow film recipe
Off they go … sailing away with Astia Mellow film recipe

More Recipes with Astia Film Simulation

If you enjoy the Astia look, here are some more recipes that use it as a base.

Top picks from other recipe websites.

  • Film – Øyvind Nordhagen’s excellent film like recipe
  • New American Color – another fab setting from Øyvind Nordhagen
  • CineStill 50D – another wonderful film look, from Fuji X Weekly
  • 1979 – wonderfully retro, bright look by Craig Bergonzoni
  • Ektachrome E100GX – Astia based Kodak style, by Fuji X Weekly

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!

6 responses to “Astia Mellow, a Retro Film-Like Look”

  1. Nice sim and lovely photos! I also like Astia (and other older sims before CC etc).
    Minimalist-esque photo “Fishing in the shallows” is my favourite in this set.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you. In this area, the beach is almost flat, so you can walk out up to 50m and it still is less than 1m deep. It’s also very popular with beginner windsurfers and paddleboarders for the same reason. If you fall of, you can just stand up and get back on :

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: