Alpine Sun, like Summer in the Mountains

Classic Negative film simulation recipe with a strong character for an alpine look

When I imagine alpine views, I think of lush greens and deep blue skies, perhaps with a scattering of wild flowers and charming log built houses. This film recipe attempts to bring that vibe to your photos, even if, like me, you live close to sea level and a long way from any mountains.

To get the effect, you need a bright day, and ideally some greenery too. It can also help to shoot into the light, or to include strong lighting in the image.

It’s fair to say that this is something of a specialist film recipe, with a strong character that makes it quite dependent on the conditions and subject. But, for an apline look in your own local area, it can be fun to bring a bit of Switzerland to your images.

Faking a Swiss mountain vibe, with the Alpine Sun film recipe

Alpine Sun Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: -1 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +0.5
  • Shadows: -1.5
  • Colour: +2
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0
Could by the Tyrol, or maybe Southampton. Alpine Sun film recipe
Waterside iris flowers, with the Alpine Sun film recipe
Mountain meadow feels, captured with the Alpine Sun film recipe
Dramatic summer skies, with the Alpine Sun film recipe
Mares tails in the sky, with Alpine Sun film recipe
A busy bee, captured with the Alpine Sun film recipe
Deep shadows on a sunny morning, Alpine Sun film recipe
A shady pond and dock, using Alpine Sun film recipe
Shady footpath in deep shadow, Alpine Sun film recipe
Light through the trees, captured with Alpine Sun film recipe
Sunlit leaves, taken with Alpine Sun film recipe
Pine needles, captured with the Alpine Sun film recipe

This recipe shares several settings with Fujicolor Natura recipe, which has similar tones.

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!

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