Carbon Obscura – Moody Recipe For Fujifilm X-T4

Mood: Dark, Melancholy

Fujifilm X-Trans IV Recipe for Melancholy Streets & Portraits

Here is one of the second Obscura recipes as promised which is called Carbon Obscura after successfully testing Vision Obscura with a few photographer friends of mine. This recipe is specially created for creative moody portraits and street photography. This might not be an ideal recipe for everyone because it will work only under certain lighting conditions and locations. Well, just under certain conditions such as shooting downtown with buildings or backgrounds with dark colours will make this recipe shine!

What Is Carbon Obscura Recipe All About?

The melancholy colour tone is inspired by one of the music videos titled “When The Wind Blows” performed by one of the SNSD girls group, Yoona. I understand that it might be difficult to imitate colours in music videos due to the usage of colour grading. The process of this recipe creation has turned out to be unexpected and I find it quite lovely. This moody recipe is created using the Classic Negative film simulation. It is fine-tuned using the Kelvin temperature that blends with a blue and yellow tone to simulate a green overlay over the dark areas and is meant for daylight. Anything black will be slightly cast in green colour. Some might find it similar to the muted Tokyo Dream recipe but Carbon Obscura has a slightly warm tone and looks more saturated.

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but why not try something new and different? The blue and yellow-white balance mixture with the Kelvin temperature is what makes the Obscura recipes for Fujifilm cameras stand out from the other Fujifilm simulation recipes I’ve created so far. Check out a warmer film-look recipe called ‘Hue Obscure‘, an enhanced recipe with a warmer film-look.

* The Best Way To Shoot With Carbon Obscura

This recipe is known to be shot with a background with dark areas, you can also use the exposure compensation dial to underexpose or overexpose your shots. It is excellent for shooting portraits in the downtown areas, the city centre with buildings or dark backgrounds will work great. Custom adjustments have been made to the white balance shift and Kelvin’s white balance, making this Carbon Obscura recipe so moody.

All the streets and portrait sample photos below are shot with the Fujifilm X-T4 and will work for the Fujifilm X-Trans IV sensor cameras including the X100V, X-T4, X-T30II, X-E4, X-S10, and X-Pro3. Let’s have fun and shoot! Stay tuned for the next one if you love one of these Obscura recipes.

Carbon Obscura Custom Settings

Film Simulation

Classic Negative









Noise Reduction


Grain Effect / Grain Size


Color Chrome Effect / FX Blue

Strong / Strong

WB / Color Temperature

4000K, R:4 B:-7

Exposure Compensation

0 to +1


Auto up to ISO 6400



Dynamic Range


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