“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.

STREET SPIRIT RECIPE SETTINGS

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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