Arboria, Astia for All Seasons Colour

Natural colour film recipe based on Astia film simulation, with vivid greens and blues

This punchy colour film simulation recipe uses Astia Soft and adjustments to give a bold colourful look with attractive contrast and a natural look. It’s vivid when compared to many of my recipes, but it’s less bold than standard Velvia, and a great choice for nature and landscape images in all conditions.

This recipe was developed on X-S10, and contrast is boosted with a +0.5 nudge to both shadows and highlights. But if you camera only takes whole numbers, e.g. X100v, you can used 0 and 1 instead. On cameras without CC Blue or Clarity, you can skip those settings, perhaps trying a minimum level mist filter in brighter conditions.

Blue skies and natural greens are especially lovely with this recipe, but it also loves the tones of autumn and winter too. It’s a recipe for all seasons. So, whether Arboria is your home planet, or you’re on a mission with just 14 hours to save the earth, this recipe will deliver for you … in a Flash!

Natural tones and vivid colours, with the Arboria Film Recipe

Arboria Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Astia/Soft
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -3 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: +0.5 (use 0 if your camera doesn’t support 0.5)
  • Shadows: +0.5 (use 1 if you camera doesn’t support 0.5)
  • Color: +4
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +1/3
A fallen leaf in the winter sunshine, with Arboria Film Recipe
As the leaves decay, their skeletons begin to show, Arboria Film Recipe
Perfect for Springtime, or tropical climates … Arboria Film Recipe
A Summer storm is brewing, captured with Arboria Film Recipe
Glorious wisteria full of Spring colour. Using Arboria Film Recipe
An autumn cobweb, in Autumn sunlight. Arboria Film Recipe
A sweet chestnut leaf, with the Arboria Film Recipe
Winter catkins, captured with Arboria Film Recipe
A snowy blanket over the field, using Arboria Film Recipe
We’re not the first to pass through here. Arboria Film Recipe
August wheat on a gloomy day … Arboria Film Recipe
I love the shapes and texture of summer wheat, Arboria Film Recipe
This field has already been harvested. With Arboria Film Recipe
Exploring the forest, with the Arboria Film Recipe
Where does this trail go? Arboria Film Recipe
Summer greens are vivid but natural, with Arboria Film Recipe
A winter afternoon with frost in the park. Arboria Film Recipe
A blast of sunlight, with colourful flare. Arboria Film Recipe
Spring greens in the morning light, Arboria Film Recipe
Dandelion clocks, ready to spread their seeds. Arboria Film Recipe

Astia Film Recipes

For a time, I shunned Astia in favour of Classic Chrome and Negative or Eterna. Initially, I found it hard to control or to get looks that I enjoyed. With some time and patience, I began to appreciate it and get some recipes together that I enjoyed using. Here are a few more of mine, and a couple of great ones from other creators.

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➡️ 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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