Age of Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In

Classic Negative film simulation recipe for a mellow and uniquely Fujifilm look

I’ve been exploring mellow moods with film recipes recently, and wanted another recipe to compliment Mellow Magic and Vintage Mood, which both use Eterna. I think this image character is both unique to Fujifilm and also a beautiful tone in its own right.

For this relaxed recipe, I used Classic Negative, which has a built in nostalgic look. But, I also find it can be a bit too bold ‘as-is’ and benefits from a small amount of reining in. In this case, I trimmed highlights and reduced the saturation, and paired it with a warm colour balance based on 5000K temperature.

I kept the moody shadow tone at standard levels, which retains an impactful look. This also means that the recipe loves to work with sunlight, and is particularly pleasant when shooting towards the light. So, like it says in the Age of Aquarius song … Let the sunshine in ☀️

Caught in a spider’s web, with the Age of Aquarius film recipe

Age of Aquarius Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: 5000K
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: 0.0
  • Color: -3
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0 or +1/3 (all images on this page at 0)
Shooting towards the light with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Friendly pony wants to say ‘Hi’. Age of Aquarius film recipe
Spring sunshine and green hedgerows, with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Frost crystals on a fallen trunk, with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Frosted ferns on a December morning, Age of Aquarius film recipe
A frosty path for a winter walk, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Looking up at the tall pines, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Let the sunshine in, with the Age of Aquarius film recipe
I think they call it watery sunlight, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Down at the water’s edge, with the Age of Aquarius film recipe
The sun broke through for a moment, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Sailing boats in the marina, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Autumn finds, under the ferns, Age of Aquarius film recipe
A handsome fly amantia, captured with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Memories of summertime, with the Age of Aquarius film recipe
Summer skies over the wheatfield, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Age of Aquarius film recipe, in the blue hour after sundown
Calm reflections in the city, with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Winter blue skies, captured with Age of Aquarius film recipe
Autumn mellowness, with the Age of Aquarius film recipe
The leaves are turning, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Cobwebs on a moody weather morning, Age of Aquarius film recipe
Age of Aquarius film recipe, really is a recipe for all seasons
The sun has set on 2022, Age of Aquarius film recipe
And, 2023 is here! It’s a dawn with Age of Aquarius film recipe

Classic Negative for Soft and Mellow Looks

I absolutely adore Classic Negative, and enjoy developing film recipes with it. A few others fall into the mellow or soft tones look shared by the Age of Aquarius film recipe. So, if you enjoyed this one, take a look at these as well …

➡️ 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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