Vivid Obscura – 90s Vintage Film Recipe For Fujifilm Cameras

Mood: Vintage, Dark, Vivid Color, Cinematic

Intended Use: Suitable for day and night photography, creating a cinematic look

Inspired by: 35mm Film Roll in the 90s

90s Vintage & Cinematic Tonal Balance For Day & Night Street Photography

Introducing “Vivid Obscura” – one of the Obscura film recipes meticulously crafted to recreate the timeless aesthetic of 35mm film rolls from the 90s. This recipe is designed to evoke a cinematic look with rich colors and a slight vintage vibe, reminiscent of the classic film era. Vivid Obscura is specifically tailored for urban street photography, making it an ideal choice for capturing the vibrant energy and character of cities both during the day and at night.

This film recipe particularly excels in urban environments where diverse lighting conditions and the interplay of natural and artificial light create a captivating atmosphere. When shooting in bustling city streets, Vivid Obscura brings out the best in your photographs, preserving the essence of the moment with its distinctive visual appeal.

The recipe is optimized to perform exceptionally well in urban environments with tungsten lighting. Tungsten lights, commonly found in cityscapes, emit a warm, yellowish glow that adds an extra layer of charm and nostalgia to your images. With Vivid Obscura, the colors come to life, providing a cinematic treatment to your urban street scenes, whether it’s the neon signs illuminating a nighttime alley or the sunlight casting intriguing shadows on bustling city streets during the day.

What Vivid Obscura Vintage Film Recipe Is All About?

Based on the Classic Negative film simulation, the Vivid Obscura film recipe is enhanced with the Color Chrome Effect set to Strong, resulting in vibrant and punchy colors that make your images pop. Custom white balance is used for more accurate color representation. The custom white balance is set to 4300K, providing a slightly warmer temperature for a nostalgic and cinematic look.

A white balance shift is applied with a +3 shift in the red and no shift in the blue, enhancing the warm tones and creating a vintage atmosphere in your images. What makes this recipe special is that it introduces a red and blue hue, which can enhance the overall feel of your image. The best part is that you can use this recipe when taking photos in the sunlight or shade – it’s versatile and an excellent option for any photography enthusiast.

True to its name, Vivid Obscura is designed to bring your images to life with vibrant and captivating colors. By increasing the color setting by 2, this recipe enhances the richness and vibrancy of every hue, adding an extra pop to your photographs. From vivid reds to luscious greens and brilliant blues, Vivid Obscura infuses your images with a dynamic palette, making them visually striking and full of energy. Whether you’re capturing urban landscapes, portraits, or everyday moments, expect your subjects to radiate with intensified colors, creating a captivating visual experience.

Last but not least, both sharpness and noise reduction are set to 0 to maintain a natural film-like appearance, avoiding excessive digital processing.

Recommended Shooting Modes

When using the Vivid Obscura film recipe, it is advisable to avoid using spot metering, as it may result in exposure inconsistencies, especially in scenes with high contrast or complex lighting. Spot metering measures the exposure based on a small area of the frame, which may not accurately represent the overall scene. Instead, rely on the camera’s multi or evaluative metering mode to achieve reliable and consistent exposures, preserving details in both highlights and shadows.

Multi-mode (also known as a matrix or evaluative metering) takes into account various areas of the frame to determine the exposure settings, ensuring a well-balanced exposure across the scene. Aperture Priority mode allows you to set the desired aperture value while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed for proper exposure. These modes are particularly effective for street photography, where lighting conditions may vary from one frame to another.

For optimal results, we recommend using multi or Aperture Priority mode in your Fujifilm X Series camera, while avoiding spot metering. These shooting techniques, combined with the Vivid Obscura recipe, allow you to focus on composition and capturing the essence of urban street scenes while ensuring consistent and well-balanced exposures.

Fully Harness The Capabilities of This Film Recipe With Fujifilm Cameras

In conclusion, the Vivid Obscura Fujifilm Vintage Film Recipe offers a captivating and nostalgic cinematic look, inspired by the 35mm film rolls from the 90s. With its vibrant colors, tonal range, and vintage aesthetic, this recipe elevates your urban street photography to new heights. Whether you’re capturing the energy of bustling city streets during the day or the alluring cinematic glow of tungsten lighting at night using a diffusion filter, Vivid Obscura brings out the best in your images, preserving the essence of the moment with its distinctive visual appeal.

If you are looking for similar Fujifilm recipes that thrive for day & night shooting, I would recommend the Nomadic Mood recipe.

This film recipe is compatible with a wide range of Fujifilm cameras featuring the newer X-Trans IV and X-Trans V sensors. Cameras such as the X-T5, X-H2S, X-H2, X-S10, X-S20, X-T30II, X-T4, X-E4, and X100V are all well-suited to fully harness the capabilities of this film recipe.

Whether you’re exploring the vibrant colors of street art, capturing the juxtaposition of lights in a city skyline, or documenting the candid moments of urban life, the Vivid Obscura film recipe empowers you to tell compelling visual stories with a touch of nostalgia and cinematic flair.

Vivid Obscura Vintage Film Recipe Custom Settings

Film Simulation

Classic Negative







WB / Color Temperature

4300K, Red +3, Blue 0

Exposure Compensation

Up to +1


Auto up to ISO 6400





Noise Reduction


Grain Effect / Grain Size

Strong / Large

Color Chrome Effect / FX Blue

Strong / Strong

Dynamic Range


Sample Photos

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