Quay house, built in 1786, abbeville, SC photographed by luxagraf
Abbeville, South Carolina, United States

Quay Wardlaw House

Imitating Fujifilm Acros with Darktable

This is an image born of pandemic boredom. I was driving around the South Carolina countryside looking for something to do when I stumbled across this historic building in downtown Abbeville, SC.

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I had a specific look in mind for this image. I shot it with the Fujifilm X100V, with the Acros simulation on, so I had a black and white JPG. At first I wanted to see how close I could get to that using darktable’s new color calibration tools. I thought maybe I’d make a style or something. But then as I was playing with it, it ended up going in a different direction.

I like the end result better than the Fuji JPG, but it definitely isn’t very Acros, which in my mind is most notable for its gradation and soft white-to-black fall off. I abandoned that in favor of this harsher, contrastier look, which I thought added some drama to an otherwise fairly boring composition.