Vintage Kodachrome, The Hip Classic Chrome

Kodachrome film recipe with a nostalgic 1960s Classic Chrome look

Far out! This is one hip film recipe for groovy 1960’s toned images. The output is wonderfully retro with a real vintage feel, but is still completely usable all day in a wide range of situations. It’s part of my growing collection of Kodak themed recipes, and sits somewhere between my original Kodachrome recipe, and the softer Kodak Portra Daily.

The magic of this recipe lies in the tremendous tones for Classic Chrome which are enhanced here with warm colour balance and tone adjustments to give a bright look with soft shadows.

A mushroom takeover, with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe

Vintage Kodachrome Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +2.0
  • Shadows: -2.0
  • Color: 0
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -1
  • EV compensation: -1/3
Soft tones and Classic Chrome hues, Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Vintage Kodachrome film recipe around sundown
Bold Autumn colours, captured with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Golden giant, taken with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Captures from mushroom season, with Vintage Kodachrome recipe
Anyone for tennis? Photo with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
A puddle reflection on court, with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Determined to find the nectar, captured with Vintage Kodachrome
Gold and blue, with the tones of Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Delicate yellows of fading lime leaves, Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Beech leaves on a rainy day, with Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Powerful reds, using the Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Red peppers coming along nicely, Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
Colourful scenes from a photo walk, Vintage Kodachrome film recipe
A blast of sunlight on a stormy day, with Vintage Kodachrome recipe

More Nostalgic Classic Chrome Recipes

The Classic Chrome simulation produces a wonderfully nostalgic look, reminiscent of magazine and press photography from the latter parts of the 20th century. With some tweaking, Kodachrome styles can be produced, but also a wide range of evokatove nostalgic looks. Here are a few that I enjoy, from here on this site and on others.

  • Kodachrome II – FujiXWeekly’s excellent mimic of 1960’s film
  • Kodachrome 25 – FXW again, and another excellent film mimic
  • Nature Neon – Hazy nostalgic goodness from Captn Look
  • Kodak Portra 160 – Piotr Skrzypek’s taken on this classic soft film
  • Granada – Andrei Dima’s warm Spanish recipe, on YouTube

Did you know? The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the latest challenge. Join in the fun! The December round of the Film Recipe Challenge is now on … shoot with Mother Superia film recipe and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or in the recipe page comments. End date is Dec 15th.

4 responses to “Vintage Kodachrome, The Hip Classic Chrome”

  1. Ciao Justin, I will definitely try your beautiful recipe! I’m currently using Ritchie’s recipes: Vintage Kodachrome and Kodachrome 1. Greetings from Italy!

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