Hiking Buddy, for Full Colour Photo Walks

Astia film simulation recipe with bold colours and punchy contrast

A lot of my film recipes are based around a muted tones look, or nostalgic colour shifts. Hiking Buddy film recipe is something altogether different. It’s full of bold colour and punchy contrast.

The base for the recipe is Astia, a film simulation with playful colour, especially the reds and blues. That’s true of this recipe too, where any blues or reds will jump out of your photos. That’s not to say that other colours are muted, because in this recipe, all colours are full of life.

I’ve tested this recipe on a number of photo walks in the forest and by the sea. It seems very happy in bright conditions, but also cloudy and overcast ones. I tried it early and late in the day as well, and thanks to the Astia simulation, it brought blue hour to life with a boost to the natural blue colour.

Winter walks on sunny days, with the Hiking Buddy film recipe

Hiking Buddy Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Astia/Soft
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 5500K
  • WB Shift: -2 Red, 0 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -0.5
  • Shadows: -1.5
  • Color: +1
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +2
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Forest details, discovered with Hiking Buddy film recipe
Hiking Buddy film recipe is Astia based, giving bright and cheery colours
Winter gorse at sunset, using Hiking Buddy film recipe
A fern is backlit by the sunset, Hiking Buddy film recipe
A winter morning before sunrise. Blue toned by Hiking Buddy film recipe
Canalside scenes on a winter day, Hiking Buddy film recipe
The sun is starting to appear, Hiking Buddy film recipe
It’s cold and the canal is frozen over, Hiking Buddy film recipe
Spring is on the way, in full colour with the Hiking Buddy recipe
A little bird is singing a song, Hiking Buddy film recipe
A robin watches from a perch, Hiking Buddy film recipe
A cloudy afternoon at the marina, with Hiking Buddy film recipe
Cloudy days receive a colour boost, with Hiking Buddy film recipe
Oyster trio on the shore, using Hiking Buddy film recipe
Add some colour to gloomy days, with Hiking Buddy film recipe
Making the blue hour blue, is Hiking Buddy film recipe

🌊 Let’s get creative in this new round of The Film Recipes Challenge 🏄 The recipe is the burned and faded look, Childhood Vacation, which loves to be over exposed. Try some images and share a selection in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. Open to everyone, until end of 8th June. Tag #childhoodvacation ☀️

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