Shinrin Yoku, Forest Mindfulness Recipe

Classic chrome film simulation recipe for forest photography

Shinrin yoku, or forest bathing, is a mindful wellness exercise that first became popular in Japan, and then around the world. You embrace the calmness of nature and enjoy a relaxing time being in a forest or amongst nature, taking time to observe and enjoy what you see. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s a quick guide to forest bathing.

Extending your shinrin yoku experience with photography is a wonderful way to keep a record of what you see and can enhance the mindfulness and observation elements of forest bathing. As a partner to this, I’ve developed a forest friendly film recipe that works well in a wide range of wooded environments.

Be calm and allow yourself to relax, with the Shinrin Yoku film recipe

Shinrin Yoku Film Recipe for Forest Bathing

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Fluorescent 2
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: +1.0
  • Color: +3
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Look for details on the forest floor, with Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Observe how light falls on the leaves, using Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Feel the warmth of the sun, with Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Stand still and listen for natural sounds. Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Explore the trails in all weathers, Shinrin Yoku film recipe
A rainy day is perfect for Shinrin Yoku film recipe
The shine on wet leaves, captured with Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Go hunting for mushrooms, with Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Be careful not to touch them – some are poisonous
Look for details from where you stand, Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Where will this path take you? Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Smell the chopped pine logs … Shinrin Yoku film recipe
Shinrin Yoku is a hobby for all seasons. Shinrin Yoku film recipe
You don’t need to walk fast. Slow is best. Shinrin Yoku film recipe
You might hear small animals in the bushes. Shinrin Yoku recipe
Sunlit fern details, captured with Shinrin Yoku film recipe

Forest Friendly Film Recipes

I live near a wonderful woodland area, New Forest National Park in the UK. This offers lots of exporation opportunities and is one reasons you see so many forest photos on these pages. For forest exploration, here are some more film recipes that work well in amongst the trees.


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 👍

7 responses to “Shinrin Yoku, Forest Mindfulness Recipe”

  1. I’ve used the term ‘forest bathing’ ever since I first read about it in a magazine. People think I’m cuckoo when I say I’m going forest bathing (as in go for a walk in the woods).

    Having doing walks here in rural northern Lanzarote but in no woods. Just lots of volcanoes, lava, palm trees, the sea and sun.

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  2. I used this recipe for a 4-day (140km) hike, mostly forests and fields: it worked very well 😊
    And the fact that clarity is set to none helps keeping the battery 😉
    Thank you for creating this preset!

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