October Gold, Autumn Tones by Marcel Fraij

Classic Chrome film recipe for Autumn with pale tones and bright highlights

Marcel Fraij is a talented photograper, educator and film recipe creator from the Netherlands. He’s a regular contributor in our Film Recipes Facebook Group and publishes a number of excellent recipe on his Film Recipes page.

We were chatting recently about an autumnal recipe he had created, and I’m so pleased to be able to share it here as a guest recipe. Marcel explained that the photo series is from October ’21, taken with X-E4 and a Fujinon 50mm f2 with a close up lens from Olympus. He adds, “the close up lens is old and a has some scratches, maybe that provides the dreamy look.”

There’s a beautiful muted tone to this, with bright highlights for a sophisticated soft look. It’s perfect for subtle photography in the Autumn season, but will no doubt be a favourite in other seasons too!

Photo credits: Marcel Fraij

Soft golden tones for the October Gold film recipe, by Marcel Fraij

October Gold Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 5200K
  • WB Shift: +1 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: +2.0
  • Color: -2
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 1
Delicate softness, captured with the October Gold film recipe
Soft depth of field, using the October Gold film recipe
Creative captures from ground level, with the October Gold film recipe
Perfect for fall color, the October Gold film recipe
Soft tones for Autumn, taken by Marcel with October Gold film recipe
Woodland details, with the mellow look of October Gold recipe
Embrace a new subtle style with October Gold film recipe

October Goldon a Dewy Morning

We’re back to my photography for this section. No more fungi, I’m sorry.

The ferns show the first signs of Autumn, October Gold film recipe
The leaves are beginning to turn, captured with October Gold
The summer heather is fading now, using October Gold film recipe
A dewy morning shows up the spider webs, October Gold film recipe
Hanging by a thread … taken with October Gold film recipe
A marvel of nature, captured with October Gold film recipe
Soaked in the morning dew, captured by October Gold film recipe
Ruby tone fern fronds, with October Gold film recipe

October Gold in Midday Sun

With a fixed colour temperature of 5200K, this recipe doesn’t adapt to the changing light throughout the day, and so I took a short test drive in bright middle of the day conditions to check how it performed. Close up shots very much fell within the aesthetic, but a general landscape view of trees and sky, whilst beautiful, was certainly not ‘gold’. See what you think …

Garden seed heads, captured with October Gold
Bright sunshine on the succulent, with October Gold
Middle of the day treeline, not so ‘gold’ with October Gold

Marcel’s other recipes

At the time of writing, Marcel has 9 other film recipes for you to enjoy. Each one is a wonderful example of what Fujifilm film simulations can do in the hands of a talented photograper. Take a look, but more importantly, load up October Gold into your camera to shoot the mellow scenes of Autumn ASAP.


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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