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Bold Color

Bold Color

Velvia is/was Fujifilm’s super-saturated film. For certain things, it looks amazing. One problem I had always had with it, though, is that it often gives distant objects a bluish haze. I’ve tried all sorts of different recipes for Velvia, some look very nice, but for the most part, none of them really worked for me.

Bold Color is my solution.

I started work on it before the rest of these recipes and it was the last finished. I started out with something called Colorful Contrast which looked fine. Until I really started using it. I went through numerous versions of it and ultimately just couldn’t make it work in real-world situations. I started fresh, which lead me to what is now Bold Color.

Once I started shooting raw+jpeg and using recipes, I went on a walk around Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands, TX. I took a few shots of these apartments using different recipes, and I have returned to them many times to test new recipes. Here they are, rendered in Bold Color:


Wildflower season in Texas is not to be missed. Despite the extreme outbreak of cold, ice, and snow that gripped much of the state around Valentine’s Day, 2021, parts of the state had an amazing spring. This is an Indian Paintbrush I took this year.


Here we have a duck swimming on Lake Woodlands:


This was one my my favorite shots of the 2021 wildflowr season. Fields of bluebonnets scream for the Velvia treatment.


Bold Color is obviously a labor of love, just judging by the number of samples I am giving and in various settings. Here I return to Big Bend National Park:


And Fredericksburg, TX:

Film Simulation: Velvia
White Balance: Temperature / 6700K R: -5 B: +7

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlights: -2
Shadows: -1
Color: +4
Sharpness: +2
Noise reduction: -2
Grain Effect: Weak
CC Effect: Strong
ISO: Auto
Exp. Compensation: 0

This recipe is licensed: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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