Classic Chrome film simulation recipe for deep and mellow woodland moods
Autumn is known as the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness (John Keats), and this is a film recipe that captures that aesthetic. Images are deep toned with a mellow colour palette that’s perfect for capturing moody woodland details.
The base film simulation is Classic Chrome, but the combination of chrome effects, strong white balance shift and a +1.5 shadow setting, give it a look all it’s own. For extra deepness (depth?), you can underexpose as well.
If you use this on a sunny day, you may get best results with that bit of underexposure. On dull or rainy days, it should deliver reliably moody images as exposed. All in all, it’s just right for Autumn when the mist and murk become more common.
Deep Forest Film Recipe
- Simulation: Classic Chrome
- Grain Effect: Weak, Small
- Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
- Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
- White Balance: Auto
- WB Shift: +7 Red, -5 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR400
- Highlights: -0.5 (use 0 if you need to)
- Shadows: +1.5 (use +2 if you need to)
- Color: -4
- Sharpness: -2
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: 0
- EV compensation: -2/3 to 0 aiming for moody shadow areas
Urban shots with Deep Forest
If you don’t have a moody woodland in your area, you might try some urban shots. Here’s a few from London on a sunny morning.
Deep Forest at the Beach
Although designed for the forest, I wanted to give Deep Forest an outing with some dramatic skies at the beach.
More Deep Tones Film Recipes for Forests
If deep and moody is your thing, consider these film recipes as an option. None are all round everyday choices, but instead they give a unique mood for forest details and bringing a strong atmosphere. They also make interesting choices in the rain, when you may want a different look.
- Atarangi Mono – A deep tones mono recipe with retro tone
- Coffee Chrome – Creamy cafe tones with a mellow brown tone
- Hipsta Ray Mk II – faded brown tones and retro feel
- Squid Ink – Extra dark and moody blues, set a deep tone
- Superia Max – faded Fujicolor tone, gets deep at -1/3
- Wildwood Deep – Bleach Bypass with a dark green tone
- Yakisugi – deep tones Classic Chrome to bring the mood
- Dune – a mellow and very deep recipe by Captn Look
- Vintage Color – green and brown mellowness, Fuji X Weekly