Manila Chrome Film Recipe, by Grant Teng

Punchy Classic Chrome recipe for X-T4 with deep shadows and a bold look

Here’s the second guest recipe by Manila based photographer, Grant Teng. If you didn’t yet see it, Manila Sun is a wonderful Eterna recipe for urban exploration and sunny day photography. It works well with the tropical light especially, but I’ve used it and loved it in the UK as well.

What we have here though is a superbly versatile Classic Chrome recipe. Again it’s fantastic in the city, but also has great versatility. So much so, Grant also calls it his ‘Daily Chrome’. It brings out the best of Classic Chrome with a warmed color balance, deep shadows and punchy colour.

Photo credits: Grant Teng, X-T4

Deep black shadows, with the Manila Chrome film recipe

Manila Chrome Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto Ambience
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1.5
  • Shadows: +1.5
  • Color: +3
  • Sharpness: +2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0 or +1/3
Urban Classic Chrome tones, with the Manila Chrome film recipe
Manila storefronts, captured with Grant Teng’s Manila Chrome recipe
Black and white, using the Manila Chrome film recipe
A glass cityscape
Manila Chrome film recipe
Cafe seating, captured with Manila Chrome film recipe
Lines, arrows, angles.
Manila Chrome film recipe

Manila Chrome in Rural and Beach Settings

I love this recipe by Grant Teng, with it’s strong character and especially the tones from the urban stonework, asphalt and concrete. However, I also wanted to see how it looked in the fields around where I live, and in bright conditions on the beach too. Here’s a couple of shots as a sample.

Punchy and clear tones in the wheat, Manila Chrome film recipe
In the oat field this time, with Manila Chrome film recipe
Clean Classic Chrome tone, using Grant’s Manila Chrome film recipe
Manila Chrome film recipe in the late afternoon sunlight

More Classic Chrome Film Recipes

Classic Chrome has been available as a film simulation for several years, and is as much the look of Fujifilm X-Series as anything else. There are many excellent recipes, with just a handful listed here.

You can see more Classic Chrome film recipes on the dedicated page, where there are also some links to great choices from other sites.


Embrace a film-like look and join in with the Film Recipes Challenge 📸 Take photos with the Flatpack film recipe, and share them in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. This recipe is based on film prints in a matte low contrast style. Join in from where you live with a deadline of end of 29th March. #flatpack 👍

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