Velvia Dream, Vivid Gold for Older Sensors

Fujifilm Velvia film simulation recipe for rich golden images from many cameras

Some of my most popular film recipes are those created with Classic Negative and featuring a warm rich tone. When I share images made with these, and especially Goldeneye, and the recent Dreamland, I often get qustions about how to recreate the look with older sensors.

This presents a challenge to me, as I only own one camera, and the quality of the native film simulations are hard to fake. Certainly, the Fujifilm colour science and processing algorithms are way more sophisticated than the adjustments that I make in a film recipe, but that’s not a reason to be defeated.

I have created this film recipe as a mimic to Goldeneye and Dreamland, using the Velvia film simulation (the first recipe I have tried with this), and I have kept to settings that are common on the widest range of Fujifilm cameras. It shares a lot of the qualities of these film recipes, without the dependence on Classic Negative.

Rich , warm colours for forest walks, with Velvia Dream film recipe

Velvia Dream Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Velvia/Vivid
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Off
  • White Balance: 5500K
  • WB Shift: +6 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: +1.0
  • Color: -2
  • Sharpness: -3
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -3
  • EV compensation: +1/3

These settings have been selected to give the widest compatibility with Fujifilm cameras. If yours doesn’t have a setting, or it only goes to -2, etc., choose the nearest value, and as they say, you’ll be golden 💛

Autumn fern in strong sunlight, captured with Velvia Dream film recipe
In the shady woodland, with Velvia Dream film recipe
November moods, captured using the Velvia Dream film recipe
Rainy days are perfect for the rich colour of Velvia Dream film recipe
Velvia Dream film recipe and the greens of mid Summer
Summer forest colours, using the Velvia Dream film recipe

Comparing Velvia Dream to Dreamland

Use this slider tool to see Velvia Dream (left) and Dreamland (right) and how the styles compare.

Velvia Dream (left) and Dreamland (right)
Velvia Dream (left) and Dreamland (right)
Velvia Dream (left) and Dreamland (right)

Velvia Dream for Urban Shots

On a recent visit to London, I took some sample shots to show how recipes could work at dusk in the city.

The streets of Covent Garden, with Velvia Dream film recipe
Streetlight gives a very orange look, using Velvia Dream film recipe
Waterloo sunset 🎶 Velvia Dream film recipe

Velvia Dream for Summer & Golden Hour

Velvia Dream film recipe loves warm light, such as that found on Summer afternoons or in any season during Golen Hour.

Summer barley field, using Velvia Dream film recipe
Colours are vibrant and rich with Velvia Dream film recipe
Bringing in the sailing boats, captured with Velvia Dream film recipe
It’s a team effort … Velvia Dream film recipe
The end of a glorious Summer day, with Velvia Dream film recipe

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. Everyone is welcome, from all around the world! For inspiration, see previous galleries. ➡️ The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the challenge.

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