Eterna based film recipe with a relaxed and mellow natural look
I love the Eterna film simulation for the cinematic feel, but even more, I love the tone, with a mellow warmth that adds a relaxed and calming character to images.
For this film recipe, I wanted to capture this character, but escape from the low contrast of the unedited sim, and to add a little extra vibrancy to make the recipe more flexible in a wide range of situations.
I do think I’ve achieved this, and Mellow Magic can bring a relaxed but natural looking image for all sorts of subjects. For me, I’ve really found it happy for nature and landscape shots, and especially in woodlands and forests.
The one limitation that may pop up, is that Mellow Magic is set at a fixed color temperature, so indoor shots and night city shots may have an unusual cast.
Mellow Magic Film Recipe
- Simulation: Eterna/Cinema
- Grain Effect: Weak, Large
- Colour Chrome Effect: Off
- Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
- White Balance: 7000K
- WB Shift: -2 Red, +5 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR400
- Highlights: -1.0
- Shadows: +3.0
- Color: +3
- Sharpness: 0
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: 0
- EV compensation: 0
See a selection of Mellow Magic images from other readers of this site in the Mellow Magic user photo gallery.
Mellow Tone Film Recipes
A mellow character is something that I love to see in an image style, and there are several film recipes that can generate this sort of look. Some use Eterna, like Mellow Magic, but that’s certainly not the only way to achieve this sort of tone.
- Astia Mellow – can you guess which sim this one uses?
- Nostalgic Fujicolor – A retro take on Fujicolor film
- Aged Kodak Portra – a mellowed version of the famous look
- Natural Standard – Pro Neg Standard for natural scenes
- Toasty Chrome – warm, retro toned Classic Chrome
- Arthouse Cinema – Eterna inspired by arty movies
- Vintage Mood – Mellow nostalgia wih Eterna as a base