Chromium 44, a Muted Classic Chrome

A film simulation recipe with Classic Chrome on X-Trans IV cameras

Sometimes, what you need is a simple Classic Chrome recipe that isn’t overstyled, and doesn’t shout for attention because of the tone or hue. An everyday film recipe that just looks good.

That was what was in my mind when creating Chromium 44. It’s based on the Classic Chrome film simulation, and has a medium warm tone from a Daylight balance with a 4, -4 shift. Other than that, there are slightly softer highlights and reduced saturation to produce soft and smooth images.

The tone is warm, but still natural, and is particularly suited to the paler light in the winter, or when you don’t want an overly vibrant result.

A slight nostalgic haze has been added with a -2 clarity setting, which softens things a touch more. You can always skip that setting of course, but I hope that you’ll enjoy the results. This soft tone recipe doesn’t demand attention, letting your photos do the talking.

The mellow tones of autumn, captured with Chromium 44 film recipe

Film Recipe for Chromium 44

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • WB Shift: +4 Red, -4 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: 0
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Chromium 44 film recipe has mellow muted tones
The two giants, captured with the Chromium 44 film recipe
Wareham street view, with Chromium 44 film recipe
Sailing boats at rest on a dull day, with Chromium 44
A golden morning, tamed with the Chromium 44 film recipe
Late afternoon light in the forest, with Chromium 44
Swan takeoff, captured with Chromium 44 film recipe
A young family, with the Chromium 44 film recipe
Waterfront machinery, taken with Chromium 44 film recipe
It’s low tide, captured with Chromium 44
A winter sunset at low tide, with Chromium 44 film recipe
Between the beach huts, Chromium 44 film recipe
Storm casualty, taken with Chromium 44 film recipe
Forest road emerges from shadow, taken with Chromium 44 recipe
Male model, taken with Chromium 44 film recipe
Moonrise over the dead tree, taken with the Chromium 44 film recipe
Bright, clear day, reproduced with Chromium 44
Ships passing on the horizon, taken with Chromium 44
Spring woodland, taken with the Chromium 44 film recipe
Bright sunny conditions, with the Chromium 44 film recipe

Muted Colour Film Recipes

Muted tone film recipe feature a reduced saturation, bringing a softer look to your photography. Bold colours are controlled and the overal result is calm and sophisticated. Here are a few other muted tone options to consider…

➡️ 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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