Dawnstar, for a Golden Sunrise Mood

Classic Negative film simulation recipe with rich colour in golden hour

Here’s a warm and cosy film simulation recipe to bring extra colour to golden hour. Sunrises and sunsets are made more orange, and golden hour is extended with warm rich tone that especially likes any cream, red or brown in an image.

As for the name, ‘Dawnstar’ is a location in the game Skyrim, and although the Jorrvaskr film recipe was directly inspired by the graphic style of the game, this one takes just the name.

I wanted to take the idea of a recipe for this time of day, and maximise the effects possible from our Fujifilm X-Series cameras. The base simulation is Classic Negative, so on older cameras you can try with Provia or use Velvia with colour at +1 rather than +4.

Make the most of a sunrise, with the Dawnstar film recipe

Dawnstar Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative (Provia/Velvia on older sensors)
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 6000K
  • WB Shift: +4 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -2.0
  • Shadows: 0.0
  • Color: +4 (or +1 if using Velvia)
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -1 (ignore on older sensors)
  • EV compensation: 0
Splashes in the sunlight, with the golden Dawnstar film recipe
Maximise the golden hour, with the Dawnstar film recipe
Rich golden colours are possible with the Dawnstar film recipe
Shooting outside of golden hour still gives a rich, cosy image.
Bold warm tones, with the Dawnstar film recipe
Curious cow is watching the world go by, Dawnstar film recipe
Listening for tips on her photography, Dawnstar film recipe
After sunset with a big sky, and the Dawnstar film recipe
Oyster shells. Peachy tones are added by the Dawnstar film recipe
In the woodlands with the Dawnstar film recipe
Autumn leaves become an intense orange, with Dawnstar film recipe
A richly toned image, generated by the Dawnstar film recipe
In bright sunshine, the tone is creamy, rather than orange.
For a bold colourful look, try the Dawnstar film recipe
Sunbeams in the trees
A misty dawn
Bring soft orange tones to misty sunrises, with Dawnstar film recipe
Dawnstar film recipe in the Winter? Why not?
Winter details, captured with the Dawnstar film recipe
The Dawnstar party trick, is a vivid sunrise or sunset

Film Recipes for Peachy Sunsets

I have explored the theme of sunset colours a few times, and there are now a handful of film recipes that you can try for this aesthetic.

Summer of ’76
Candy Skies
Zinfandel Blush
Pumpkin Patch
Beach Baby

Embrace a film-like look and join in with the Film Recipes Challenge 📸 Take photos with the Flatpack film recipe, and share them in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. This recipe is based on film prints in a matte low contrast style. Join in from where you live with a deadline of end of 29th March. #flatpack 👍

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