Whakamuri, for Retro Golden Tone Images

Warm shifted film recipe for nostalgic retro images with Classic Chrome

The word whakamuri is a Maori word that translates loosely as ‘looking back’ or ‘counting backwards’, so I’ve adopted it as the name of this retro toned recipe for styling images with a golden aged tone.

The base film simulation is Classic Chrome which is pushed far far into the warm tones zone with a +6, -8 colour balance shift. This gives a strong yellow creamy styling to most images and is the heart of the look.

In keeping with the nostalgic retro theme, shadows are softened and colour is muted. There’s a dose of grain in here too, along with negative clarity adding to the slightly hazy analog feel.

Golden tones
Whakamuri film recipe

Whakamuri Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +6 Red, -8 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: +0.5
  • Shadows: -1.0
  • Color: -3
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Afternoon sunshine, captured with Whakamuri film recipe
Glow through the weeping willow tree, Whakamuri film recipe
Light is creamy and golden with Whakamuri film recipe
Mellow yellow retro tones, with the Whakamuri film recipe
On the boardwalk
A bubbling creek
Springtime in the forest, using Whakamuri film recipe
Autumn display – a fly agaric coming into fruit. Whakamuri film recipe
Late summer along the lane, Whakamuri film recipe
Golden grasses, make more so with Whakamuri film recipe
Autumn holly berries, with the Whakamuri film recipe
Looking over a garden wall, using Whakamuri film recipe
Hazy days are given a nostalgic tone, with Whakamuri film recipe
After sunset with the Whakamuri film recipe

Whakamuri has a close relative, a sister recipe Analogico. Take a look 🙂


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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