“STREET SPIRIT” – A Versatile B&W Look.

My first 2 black and white film simulation recipes were high contrast looks. Sometimes you need a slightly lower contrast film sim recipe to help soften shadows a bit. My next couple of recipes were built based on this need, including this one “STREET SPIRIT”.

I built “STREET SPIRIT” on my X-T1 but just like with the other recipes built on my X-T1 it can be used on almost any other X-Series camera.

It’s built on the BW Y simulation. Check out the sample images below and find the recipe settings after the images. In these sample images a lot of contrast was provided by the harsh midday summer light. Experiment with this setting in different lighting conditions and see how it works out for you.


Base Film Simulation: BW Yellow Filter
Dynamic Range: DR400
White Balance: Auto
Color: n/a
Sharpness: -2
Highlight Tone: -2
Shadow Tone: -2
Noise Reduction: -2

In some shots I was able to maintain detail in some of the shadows because of the Shadow Tone setting. Since I often shoot on these cloudless sunny days a recipe like this comes in handy. That being said, I can’t wait for a really cloudy or rainy day and see how “STREET SPIRIT” performs in that scenario.

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