Winter Eterna, a Matte Cinematic Style

Eterna Cinema film simulation recipe with a low contrast faded look for winter

I recently upgraded my Mac and am enjoying the super speed it now has as it processes photos. Even X RAW Studio, which uses the camera to process images, is much faster, and whizzes along.

It was X RAW Studio that I have been using to develop this low contrast matte style with my recent winter photos. I’m pretty sure it will work all year, but at the moment we have low angle sunlight or damp and gloomy weather.

Eterna Cinema is the base simulation, and there is definitely a cinematic feel to this recipe. It’s perfect for landscapes and scenes where you want to lift the shadows and present a flatter tone, almost like a fade effect. The colour is natural, although saturation is low and the overall effect is that of soft muted tones, perfect for the winter palette found in last season’s plants and leaves.

Soft matte tones for wintertime, with Winter Eterna film recipe

Winter Eterna Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna/Cinema
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -3 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -2.0
  • Shadows: -1.0
  • Color: 0
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Frosted plant skeletons in pale sunlight, with Winter Eterna film recipe
A country lane in the snow, captured with Winter Eterna film recipe
Open vistas are perfect for the Winter Eterna film recipe
A bright moment on a December day, Winter Eterna film recipe
In the bare woods in December, using Winter Eterna film recipe
There aren’t many ferns left for me to take photos of! Winter Eterna recipe
Winter offers new details to photograph … Winter Eterna film recipe
A golden sunrise, muted and softened with the Winter Eterna film recipe
Distant figures in the mist, captured with Winter Eterna film recipe
An inviting road .. where will it take us? Winter Eterna film recipe
The old wallen is crubling away, using Winter Eterna film recipe
I hope we get more snow this winter. Winter Eterna film recipe
Fluffy snow captured by the branches, Winter Eterna film recipe
Hedgerow plants, frozen by the cold snap. Winter Eterna film recipe
Good for rainy and gloomy conditions, Winter Eterna film recipe
Some of the last leaves of the season, with Winter Eterna film recipe
Pale trees in weak winter sunlight, and Winter Eterna film recipe
The leaf is pale and faded, just like the Winter Eterna film recipe
Sunlit leaf on the forest floor … Winter Eterna 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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