‘One for the Road’ B&W Film Recipe For Fujifilm X-T4

Japanese Bar Interior

I was out for a night shoot to get some ideas for the Fujifilm simulation recipes and created the One for the Road, a low-light black & white film recipe for the Fujifilm X-T4. The One for the Road recipe mimics the dramatic monochrome from the Wong Kar-wai motion pictures and inspiration from Daido Moriyama. This recipe is designed for street photography in low light and daylight street photography. Even if it doesn’t look 100% exactly like the original mood, it does have the closest mood if you want to add some creative tone to your photographs.

What is the One for the Road Film Recipe All About?

The meaning of ‘One for the Road‘ often used refers to an alcoholic drink consumed just before leaving a location. But don’t worry there are no alcoholic beverages involved while this recipe was created. This cinematic Fujifilm recipe name might sound the weirdest because of the inspiration from the motion picture’s unique tone. This recipe has two versions which are the dramatic Monochrome and Cinematic Orange Teal version. The B&W version is suitable for shooting high contrast for a more dramatic approach.

The One for the Road black & white version uses the Monochrome as the based film simulation. This is one of the Black & white film simulation recipes built specifically for the Fujifilm X-T4 but can also be used on the X-S10, X-T30II, X-E4, X100V, and X-Pro3. I have never tested on any old X-Trans IV sensor but Fujifilm shooters that would like to use this recipe can try and test it out.

The film grain is increased to Strong & Large. I find the B&W looks great when Sharpening was set to -4. The images will turn out like you’re travelling back in time to the 70s-80s in Tokyo, Japan.

I’m using one of the best lens FX filters necessary for this film simulation recipe to function to get the cinematic movie effect on still photographs, which will be explained later in this post below. The film grain can be toned down to Weak/Small or Off settings when shooting at high ISO at night.

The ISO option has been changed from Auto to ISO6400, allowing the camera to choose the best ISO for the current night scenario when you’re out photographing at night. The Clarity parameter can be disregarded totally because it will significantly slow down your street photography experience. Clarity may be tweaked afterwards with the Fujifilm X Raw Studio to your satisfaction. If you are looking for a black & white high-contrast Fuji recipe, you should check out the Dark Diary recipe, which I have fine-tuned to get the high-contrast close to the Ricoh GR monochrome.

‘One for the Road’ Black & White Custom Settings

Film Simulation: Monochrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Sharpening: -4
Noise Reduction: -4
Monochromatic Color: WC:0 MG:0
Grain Effect: Strong
Grain Size: Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome FX Blue: Strong
Clarity: +5
White Balance: Auto, Red -3 Blue +3
Exposure Compensation: -2/3 to +1/3

View sample photos

Getting The Cinematic Effect

The Moment CineBloom lens diffusion filter is optional and it was used for this project in the development of the One for the Road film simulation recipe for Fujifilm. The lens diffusion filter softens and provides a bloom on the highlight, as seen in some movies and television shows. You certainly can use others out there in the market including the K&F Black Mist, Tiffen Black Pro-Mist and also the Moment CineBloom.

It is also suggested to use the highest density diffusion to create a dreamy, more subtle dramatic look when using this One for the Road film simulation recipe. A decent quality diffusion filter will cost you around $60 and is a great investment if you are creating unique creative images.

You may absolutely utilise different diffusion filter brands on the market, such as the K&F Black Mist, Tiffen Black-Pro Mist, and Moment CineBloom. When using this One for the Road film simulation recipe, it is also recommended to apply the greatest density diffusion to get a dreamy, more delicate cinematic effect. If you’re seeking a low light film simulation recipe, consider the Cira 800 for Fujifilm X-Trans IV.

Will This Recipe Work During The Day?

Well, certainly, it’s perfect for day and night shooting and works great in low light. But it all depends on your taste and how you want the end results to be. As we know it is not always able to find the exact same scenes, so I suggest you go out and shoot and achieve based on your mood. Are you up for the challenge to shoot at in low light?

B&W Sample Photos

Japanese Tofu Shop Interior Wall Deco
Fujiwara Tofu Shop
Fujiwara Toriyaki Bar Interior
Black & White Portrait By Window

Emily Chong Fujiwara Toriyaki Bar
Check out the Initial D themed photo gallery here

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‘One for the Road’ Orange Teal Custom Settings

Film Simulation: Eterna/Cinema
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: -1
Shadow: +4
Color: -1
Sharpening: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak
Grain Size: Large
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Color Chrome FX Blue: Strong
White Balance: 4550K, +1 Red & -9 Blue
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3

This orange teal Fujifilm simulation recipe is inspired by the motion pictures by Wong Kar-wai. It mimics the cinematic tone from the Wong Kar-wai motion pictures and some scenes in the Fallen Angels film. The ETERNA film simulation is used for the orange teal version.

Orange Teal Sample Photos

One for the Road Color Tone Portrait Fujifilm Recipe
One for the Road Film Color Tone
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One for the Road Orange Tone Fujifilm Recipe
Cinematic Orange Teal Fujifilm Recipe

The photos above are shot with the Fujifilm X-T4 – AmazonUS

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