The Shortlist

My favourite film recipes from the site

On 24th June, I added my 50th recipe to the site, and thought it might mark a good moment to provide a page listing my personal favourite film recipes. These reflect my own taste and preference to shoot in a softer, low saturation style, but I hope that you enjoy it and will try a few in your own photography.

  • Vinterskog – It took another 43 recipes to happen, but I have a new favourite recipe, knocking Karmachroma off my top spot.
  • Soft Negative – Recipe no. 2 on this site, but actually developed first. It was Classic Negative’s wonderful retro style that brought me to Fujifilm in the first place.
  • Deep Forest – My new favourite Classic Chrome, with a wonderful tone that I’m so happy to have discovered. Try it and I know you’ll love it.
  • Classic Gold – A wonderfully soft recipe based on aged rolls of Kodak Gold 35mm film. Looks amazing in golden hour.
  • Karmachroma – This nostalgic style is one that I’ve been so excited about that I held it back for ages, so it could be Recipe no. 100 on the site. It has a bit of everything I like, all in one recipe.
  • Soft Cinnamon – Eterna Bleach Bypass creates some dramatic images, but this is a much more gentle recipe with a great tone and balance.
  • Aged Kodak Portra – A look developed to mimic expired Kodak Porta film. I love the subtle green tones.
  • Rosa Negative – I’m so often inspired by other creators, and this is a recipe adapted in this way. It’s lovely and delicate, and just wonderful at sunset.
  • Astia Mellow – Astia is one of the great underated film simulations, but this recipe might change how you feel.
  • Nostalgic Standard – This is a mellow and relaxed recipe that I developed using Pro Neg Standard. It’s versatile and comforting.
  • Kodachrome Daily – My interpretation of the Kodachrome 64 aesthetic, with all that’s good about Classic Chrome in one handy recipe.
  • Arthouse Cinema – Recipe no. 50 and one I had huge fun developing and testing. I love Eterna as a simulation and this is my favourite recipe I’ve so far created with it.

The site is under active development, with another batch of recipes in testing and write-up. These include some new favourite styles, so as I add more recipes, I’ll update this list.

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. Everyone is welcome, from all around the world! For inspiration, see previous galleries. ➡️ The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the challenge.

You might also be interested to hear what my favourite recipes are from other creators. Here are my top picks;

  1. Kodak Portra 800 v2 – It’s hard to pick just one from so many, but this is my choice from Ritchie over at FujiXWeekly
  2. Nomadic Mood – a favourite Classic Negative recipe, which I absolutely love in golden hour
  3. Dune – My top choice from the wonderful recipe collection by Immanuel / Captn Look
  4. New American Color – this is a tremendous recipe, based on Astia and developed by Øyvind Nordhagen
  5. C201 – This could be the best Classic Negative recipe on any site … scroll to recipe 3. By Marcel Fraij

4 responses to “The Shortlist”

  1. TheCameraEatsFirst Avatar
    TheCameraEatsFirst

    Yay, it’s now possible to reply here.
    I’m a sucker for (soft) pastel hues. You have created a few pastel-esque recipes and I have saved them.
    Any idea how to replicate this? https://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/atmospheric-photography-of-pastel-coloured-swimming-pools-by-mria-varbov/

    My own photos taken on Santorini:
    Golden hour: https://i.imgur.com/vNIpuhG.jpg
    Afterglow: https://i.imgur.com/nCWkqOq.jpg

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    1. justingould Avatar

      I love the soft hues too, but it’s really about waiting for the golden hour light I think, like in your lovely photos. To get a look like those of Mira Varbov will be a bit beyond the capabilities in camera.

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  2. TheCameraEatsFirst Avatar
    TheCameraEatsFirst

    My current top favourites! (not in any particular order)

    RETROCHROME PLUS (FAVOURITE)
    RETROCOLOR NEGATIVE (FAVOURITE)
    TRAVEL NEGATIVE (FAVOURITE)
    PALE NEGATIVE (FAVOURITE)
    NOSTALGIC FUJICOLOR (FAVOURITE)
    CLASSIC GOLD (FAVOURITE)
    GOLDENEYE (FAVOURITE)
    RESTORE FROM BACKUP (FAVOURITE)
    SOFT CINNAMON(FAVOURITE)
    ROSA NEGATIVE (FAVOURITE)
    KODAK PORTRA 66 (FAVOURITE)
    KODAK PORTRA GRAINY (FAVOURITE)
    COFFEE CHROME (FAVOURITE)
    BACK IN THE DAY (FAVOURITE)

    Copy/paste from my list. I put “favourite” after a recipe name to find them quickly.

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    1. justingould Avatar

      Thanks so much … I’m flattered that you like so many.

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