1996, Pastel Retro Look with Astia

Creamy pastel toned film recipe for a retro look on X-Trans IV sensors

One of the great things about the Fujifilm film recipe community is how ideas bounce between photographers and recipes get fine tuned and updated. This is one of those situations.

Manila based photographer, Grant Teng, has adapted the creamy retro looks of Craig Bergonzoni’s excellent 1979 film simulation for X-T1, adding settings and tweaks for X-Trans IV sensors. The result is guest recipe, 1996.

The new recipe shares the slightly aqua toned soft and creamy look of 1979, and has a distinctly retro edge to it. The flattened tone curve and pastel tones make it feel like something from the nineties.

Retro tones and soft hues with the 1996 film recipe

1996 Film Recipe

Originally 1979 by Craig Bergonzoni, adapted by Grant Teng.

  • Simulation: Astia/Soft
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Large
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 6300K
  • WB Shift: -1 Red, -2 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -2.0
  • Shadows: -2.0
  • Color: -3
  • Sharpness: -4
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2 or use a mist filter
  • EV compensation: +1 2/3 (yes, almost +2 over exposure)
Such a cute camera, captured with the 1996 film recipe
Pastel like tones of the 1996 film recipe
Air con for cool air, 1996 film recipe for a cool look

1996 by Suwat Piyathawiwat

Fujifillm photographer Suwat Piyathawiwat shared these wonderful autumn details in the Film Recipes Facebook Group.

1996 by Justin Gould

I also took 1996 for a test drive, with some scenes from the woodland near where I live, and the New Forest National Park where I enjoy many photo walks.

Soft and bright when shooting towards the light, 1996 film recipe
Sweet chestnut windfalls, with 1996 film recipe
It’s a shaggy parasol mushroom, captured with 1996 film recipe
Fly agaric with its distinctive red cap, 1996 film recipe
Autumn leaves at various stages of colour, 1996 film recipe
Hazy retro tones, using 1996 film recipe

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 👍

3 responses to “1996, Pastel Retro Look with Astia”

    • Thank you, Craig for developing the source recipe, and for your work supporting the older sensors. I’m often referring people to your site when they ask about recipes for their X-T1, etc.


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