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 indescribable 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 / Overcast / Cloudy
  • 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

This recipe was inspired in part by the Astia recipe New American Color.

Take a look at the Astia Mellow user gallery to see more Astia Mellow images shared by readers of this website.

Sweet chestnuts on the forest floor, Astia Mellow film recipe
Astia Mellow brings out the softer Autumn tones
Turning leaves bouquet, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Nibbling acorns in the New Forest, with Astia Mellow film recipe
Summer trail in New Forest, with Astia Mellow film recipe
Boardwalk scene, taken with Astia Mellow film recipe
Basketball hoop in the city park, Astia Mellow film recipe
Sweet pea flowers, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Railway signal, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Early morning light by the river, 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
Fishing in the shallows, taken with Astia Mellow film recipe
An autumn mushroom, captured with Astia Mellow film recipe
Fully open fly amantia, using the 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
A bright boat on a sunny day, Astia Mellow film recipe
A nautical marker, using the 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

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. 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.

11 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.

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    • 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 :

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  2. Returned from Lanzarote this week. I only have these for today.

    – House of plants: https://i.imgur.com/cSAFzDk.jpg
    – On Lanzarote only 3 traditional colours for doors and windows are used, various shades of blue (most common in coastal villages)/green (most common everywhere)/brown (less common): https://i.imgur.com/iX5gGfN.jpg
    – A typical road in a coastal village: https://i.imgur.com/2Cke91X.jpg
    – Mucho sol. Si, mi gusta! https://i.imgur.com/JHswHO8.jpg
    – Mucho volcanes. Lanzarote is born of fire. This area north of the island is called “bad lands”. Lava covers a vast surface so you can’t farm or do much, the only things that thrives are all kinds of wild plants. https://i.imgur.com/4AiiszR.jpg
    – A carriageway cuts right through the lava field:
    – Coastal walking trail. Lava reaches far into the sea. https://i.imgur.com/4h8hBcn.jpg
    – Lava has near countless uses in the archipelago. https://i.imgur.com/Hvls2DH.jpg
    – High tide and the stairs: https://i.imgur.com/NxYhxeo.jpg

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