Wychwood Pale, for Walks in the Winter Woods

Eterna Bleach Bypass for a forest mood that works well in winter sunlight

Winter is one of my favourite seasons for photography, with interesting bare natural shapes, muted colour palettes and the additional mood of frosts and low winter sunlight.

Photography in these conditions is perfectly suited to the Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulation, which embraces these characteristics in a contrasty but muted style.

I do feel that owners of older Fujifilm cameras are missing a treat here, because Bleach Bypass is so unique, but for those of us that have access to it, this recipe set-up is a favourite option for wintry walks in the woods.

As well as Bleach Bypass, this recipe uses negative clarity for a hazy effect, adding a little extra something, much like the Wychwood Hobgoblin beers, which are another favourite of mine at this time of year.

Winter walks in the forest, with Wychwood Pale film recipe

Wychwood Pale Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna Bleach Bypass
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: 7000K
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, +7 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +1.0
  • Shadows: +1.0
  • Color: +4
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -4
  • EV compensation: +1/3

Winter trio: This recipe is one of three that I developed to give creative options in the pale winter weather. Here are the other two … Silver Slate and Aquamarine.

Pine needles in winter sun, taken with Wychwood Pale film recipe
Shooting towards the light, with the Wychwood Pale film recipe
Winter frost, using Wychwood Pale film recipe
I do love a fallen leaf. This one taken with Wychwood Pale film recipe
Frosty coating on the old stone wall, Wychwood Pale film recipe
Winter onions in the alotment, Wychwood Pale film recipe
Winter sunrises are a great time for photos with Wychwood Pale recipe
Autumn wandering by the river, Wychwood Pale film recipe
Does the sign say ‘Swans Only’? Wychwood Pale film recipe
The deep shadows of the Wychwood Pale film recipe
Ponies ahead, with the Wychwood Pale film recipe
Too much lens flare? Wychwood Pale film recipe
End of season seeds, Wychwood Pale film recipe
Dewdrops in the sunlight, Wychwood Pale film recipe
Fading ferns in bright sunshins, with Wychwood Pale film recipe
Winter fern with a sugary frosting, Wychwood Pale film recipe

Similar looks without Bleach Bypass

Not all cameras have Eterna Bleach Bypass as an option. With that in mind, here are a few film recipes that share some of the characeristics of Wychwood Pale, but that don’t use Bleach Bypass.


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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