Xylochrome, Vintage Lens Simulation

Classic Chrome film simulation recipe that emulates a vintage lens style

Druring my film recipe creation process, I occasionally hit on a settings combination that produces a look that is completely different than I had expected. This experiment was just like that.

I was playing with X RAW Studio to make a Classic Chrome recipe with a downward scale of settings with 5, 4, 3 ,2 ,1 starting with a colour temperature of 5430K, a shift of 2, 1, and so on through the settings, until I added at the end of the scale, the strongest negative clarity setting, -5.

I normally avoid settings quite this strong, but on this occasion it added a softness that immediately reminded me of vintage lens photos that I had seen. The softness was like an imperfection, with a character that was decidely analog, especially in the out of focus areas of my images.

This vintage blur isn’t so visible at phone screen sizes, so I’ve provided a crop in the image below.

A vintage lens look with the Xylochrome film recipe
A crop of the above image, showing the vintage lens softness effect

Xylochrome Vintage Lens Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 5430K
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, +1 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: 0.0
  • Shadows: -1.0
  • Color: -2
  • Sharpness: -3
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -5
  • EV compensation: 0
Winter morning teasels, with the Xylochrome film recipe
Xylochrome film recipe has a muted creamy tone with faded blue skies
A late summer day on the riverbank, using Xylochrome film recipe
Late summer sees some early colour in the leaves, Xylochrome film recipe
Oak leaves with early colour, with the Xylochrome film recipe
Let’s go for a photo walk, and try out Xylochrome film recipe
A bit of winter weather, captured with Xylochrome film recipe
Better to drive carefully on the icy roads, Xylochrome film recipe
Down at the beach, on a breezy day. Xylochrome film recipe
There are lots of oysters in the water here. Xylochrome film recipe
The sun is about to disappear for the day, Xylochrome film recipe
Winter leaves have lost all their green, even if they’ve stayed on the tree
A winter walk with the vintage lens look of Xylochrome film recipe
It’s a little bit frosty, making greens pale. Xylochrome film recipe

Other recipes using -5 Clarity

Whilst there is nothing stopping you from trying a strong negative clarity setting on any recipe, there are a few that have been designed with this setting in mind.

  • Cheers – creamy and soft with deep shadow, by Captn Look
  • Grizzly Ride – grungy Bleach Bypass, again by Captn Look
  • Melatonin – Grant Teng’s dreamy cool tones, here on Film.Recipes
  • CineStill 800T – Eterna for night shooting, on FujiXWeekly
  • Nostalgic Negative – FujiXWeekly recipe to emulate the NN sim

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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