Mellow Magic, the Relaxed Natural Recipe

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.

A sunlit spider web, with mellow tones from Mellow Magic

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.

Sunlit fern on the river bank, with Mellow Magic film recipe
Works well with greens
and loves Autumnal scenes
It works well with a winter palette too. Mellow Magic film recipe
A morning frost in the forest, captured with Mellow Magic film recipe
The avenue of chopped logs, using Mellow Magic film recipe
The walking club is out today … Mellow Magic film recipe
A natural looking mellow style, that’s Mellow Magic film recipe
The country lane in late Summer, with the Mellow Magic film recipe
Before dawn on a foggy day, with the Mellow Magic film recipe
Misty mornings are perfect for the Mellow Magic film recipe
Autumn tones with the calm tones of Mellow Magic film recipe
Here’s Poppy, modelling the Mellow Magic film recipe
Definitely relaxed … with our without the Mellow Magic film recipe
The trees are becoming bare, taken with Mellow Magic film recipe
A golden carpet of leaves, with the Mellow Magic film recipe
Autumn dewdrops, using the Mellow Magic film recipe
In the village, with the Mellow Magic film recipe
A summer sunset with the tones of Mellow Magic film recipe

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.

➡️ 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.

4 responses to “Mellow Magic, the Relaxed Natural Recipe”

  1. Is it possible for you to make the photos “invisible” in the reply? I only wanted to post the urls but this time didn’t put any text before them and the photos appeared in the reply.

    Thanks.

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