Jorrvaskr, from the Wilds of Skyrim

A Skyrim inspired film simulation recipe using Pro Neg Std as a base

Sometimes when inspiration strikes me, I start work on a film recipe with a particular result in mind. This was one of those occasions.

I was looking through my old PS4 games, and had a nostalgic wander around the forests and valleys of Skyrim. There’s a specific tone to the imagery and graphics, and as a long time fan, I started to think about recreating it as a film recipe.

Skyrim scenery

In the game, (here’s a clip if you’ve never seen it), there is a mix of forest, tundra and mountains with much of the area covered in snow.

For my recipe, I found that Pro Neg Standard was the closest match to the tone of the game graphics, but needed a little warming and shadow adjustment. Obviously, this is somethng of a novelty idea, but I found that the end result was really well suited to photography of natural scenes, and this included wintry images like the frosted ferns you see below the recipe info.

An autumn forest, captured with the Jorrvaskr film recipe

Jorrvaskr Film Recipe

  • Simulation: PRO Neg. Std
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -4 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: +2.0
  • Color: -3
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +2/3

Info: Jorrvaskr is a location in the Bethesda game, Skyrim. It is the home of the Companions, a Nordic warrior brother/sisterhood with a dark secret.

Frozen ferns, captured with the Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
A sunset at low tide, taken with Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Watch out for mudcrabs, Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Nordic barnacles on the shore, using the Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
In the forest near Riverwood, Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
An autumn morning in the Pale, with the Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Somewhere north of Falkreath, captured with Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Now entering Winterhold, with the Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Everything is frozen in Skyrim’s far north. Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
It’s always Autumn in The Rift. Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Autumn colours, captured with the Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Sunny skies near Whiterun, using Jorrvaskr Film Recipe
Namira’s Rot. Useful for alchemy. Jorrvaskr 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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