Manila Sun, Urban Eterna by Grant Teng

Rich toned film simulation recipe using Eterna for X-T4, X100V, X-E4 and X-S10

One of the real treats in making this film recipes site, is when I get to share a guest recipe with you. I really love this one, and I’m so happy to include it.

Grant Teng lives in Manila, Philippines, and has developed a rich and characterful film recipe that uses Eterna Cinema. He’s chosen a fixed colour temperature, which suits outdoor and sunny photography, and keeps a consistent look across images if you include interior shots in a series.

Additional character is added with strong grain, strong chrome effects, pushed highlights and +2 sharpness. I love the result, which you can see below in these photos taken in the Bonifacio Global City area of Metro Manila. As well as the lush feel from the recipe, Grant has taken some of the images with a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 on his X-T4.

Photo credits: Grant Teng

Sunlight, glass and steel, captured with the Manila Sun film recipe

Manila Sun Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna/Cinema
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Large
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: 6250K
  • WB Shift: -1 Red, -3 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR100
  • Highlights: +2.0
  • Shadows: +0.5
  • Color: +4
  • Sharpness: +2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0
Warm cinematic tones in the city, with Manila Sun film recipe
Great with greens …
… the Manila Sun film recipe
Deep, lush tones from the Manila Sun film recipe
City street scenes
Manila Sun film recipe

Testing Manila Sun in the UK

I was drawn to Grant’s recipe by the way it captured the tropical latitude sunlight and brought out the tones of the urban environment. However, where I live, I don’t have either of these things, so wanted to test it our in the forests and fields.

A sunny afternoon woodland walk, with Manila Sun film recipe
Autumn colours are coming to the New Forest. Manila Sun film recipe.
Deep contrasts and strong colour, with the Manila Sun film recipe
Looking across the harvested field, using Manila Sun film recipe
Skies are deep and teal toned, with Manila Sun film recipe
A marina test shot, showing tones from Manila Sun film recipe

More Eterna Film Recipes for City Walks

The Eterna film simulation is traditionally used by cinematographers for making movies, but the addition as a photo preset to Fujifilm cameras opens up a range of cinematic styles with a soft movie-like look. Here’s a selection of Eterna recipes to explore on your next city walk.

  • Street Romance – warm and stylish street recipe by Captn Look
  • GAF 500 – a gritty recipe, great for urban shots, by Ritchie Roesch
  • Cine 2046 – movie inspired soft urban tones, by Ivan Cheam
  • Urbex Cinematic – my Eterna recipe for urban exploration
  • Vintage Mood – warm tones Eterna recipe, for urban and nature

☀️ For this round of The Film Recipes Challenge the recipe is Cineplus, bold Classic Chrome with subtle retro vibes. It’s great in the gloom or bright light and with colourful subjects. Join in by taking some images and share in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or in the recipe page comments. Open to everyone, until 22nd June. Tag #cineplus 😊

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