Kojak Gold, Who Loves Ya, Baby?

Nostalgic classic negative film simulation recipe, like Kodak Gold prints

Kojak Gold. It’s a cool name, right? It’s an even cooler look!

It’s true that I get a silly amount of personal satisfaction from some of the film recipe names that I dream up. Hot on the heels of some of my other favourites, like Mother Superia, Karmachroma, Waldorf Astia and Flatpack is this new name for a retro Kodak film look. What could be more 70s than Kojak?

Living up to it’s name, this recipe looks to produce a nostalgic look based on Kodak Gold film, with a feel like 35mm prints from this popular film stock. It’s based on Classic Negative (which means newer cameras only, sorry), and uses a warm gold-like colour shift and a generally soft set-up, including negative clarity and reduced sharpness.

The results are warm and film-like, with a soft feel and nostalgic print style look. The nostalgic elements come through in sunshine, but the recipe is a good choice for a film like look in all conditions. I took it on holiday with me and it became an instant favourite. I’m sure that you will love it too.

In a field of teasels, using the Kojak Gold film recipe.

Kojak Gold Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -0.5
  • Shadows: -1.5
  • Color: +1
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +1/3

Did you know? This is film recipe 200 on this website. Who knew there would be so many film recipe styles that our cameras could produce?

Retro film like tones
It’s the Kojak Gold film recipe
A view of the Rursee, in the retro style of Kojak Gold film recipe
Spring blossom on the lakeshore, with Kojak Gold film recipe
Oak leaves and sparkles on the water, Kojak Gold film recipe
A carpet of fallen leaves, captured with Kojak Gold film recipe
Walking hand-in-hand along a trail, Kojak Gold film recipe
Disappearing into the distance, Kojak Gold film recipe
Golden hour in the marina, with Kojak Gold film recipe
And a few minutes later, the sun has gone. Kojak Gold film recipe
Exploring along the river trails, with Kojak Gold film recipe
Kojak Gold is perfect for holiday photos, like here in Mallorca
A simple white row boat sits in the bay, Kojak Gold film recipe
Beach toys to complete your vacation, with Kojak Gold film recipe
Late afternoon blue skies, using Kojak Gold film recipe
After sunset with the little boats, Kojak Gold film recipe
Moody skies over the Solent, with Kojak Gold film recipe
Same place, different day. Kojak Gold film recipe
Capturing seasonal details with the Kojak Gold film recipe
Down on the farm, with Kojak Gold film recipe
They have smiling faces. Captured with the Kojak Gold film recipe

More Gold Looks

Kodak Gold was one the best selling films for several decades, and I’ve no doubt that billions of photos were taken with it. In our world, we can also enjoy the Kodak Gold look as often as we like with Kojak Gold and other film recipes.

We can extend the ‘gold’ theme further with these warm golden looks …

  • Goldeneye – warm and rich tones with Classic Negative
  • Muted Gold – a soft and pale golden look
  • Heart of Gold – perfect for the golden hour
  • Gold v2 – a different view of Kodak Gold by Ritchie Roesch

🌊 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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