Stuffing waffles for post-Thanksgiving breakfast is now 100% a tradition.

From Maui earlier this month: a few more early mornings with Haleakala.

sun peaking out from the peak of haleakalaan amazing pink dawn

macOS 12 Shortcut: What was my Fujifilm Film Simulation?

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I’ve got a proof of concept macOS 12 only Shortcut to remind me what Fujifilm Film Simulation or Recipe I used for my off the camera photos. It relies on exiftool being installed and in your path (manually or via Homebrew etc). For some reason I couldn’t successfully compare dictionaries as text in an if statement so I am using hash…

So this first version is tested on Straight Out of the Camera JPEGs from an X100V (X-Trans IV class camera). It requires exiftool. Be sure to add its path if it isn’t in your system path. You also need to add your own simulations using the exact Schema in the FilmSimulations text box. Hashing is annoying like that. But for me, this is great, because I can’t be bothered to keep track of what recipe I’m using. There are a few comments in this Shortcut that may be of use for those comfortable enough with Shortcuts to try this out…

I’ll update this Shortcut as I make it more sophisticated. I apologize in advance if it doesn’t seem to work for you :-)

Oh, and of course, all built-in or slightly modified recipes come from Fuji X Weekly and Life, Unintended.

Hint: if you allow the Shortcut access to Finder’s Quick Access, you can then right click an image in Finder, go to Quick Actions, and use the Shortcut! Or, if previews/column mode is enabled in Finder, left click an image and the Shortcut will show up below the image preview. Handy!

Download this Shortcut from

Changelog (I’ll update the iCloud link for each dated “release”):

v.20211124 - Remove Dynamic Range because there is too much variability. There’s enough variables that removing DR from match shouldn’t result in false-positives. This allowed me to remove recipes that only had their DR adjusted (mostly because I accidentally set the wrong DR :-p)

v.20211123 - Film Simulations that come with this shortcut are mostly from Fuji X Weekly at I’ve tweaked some of the simulations and those have parentheticals in the keys in the FilmSimulation text box. v.20211123 - added a few more recipes I use, added missing photo file paths, restrict file input to just images. 20211121 - initial release

From Maui: Sea Turtle Part Photos

Here’s a collection of sea turtle parts while on Maui earlier this month. I made ample use of the X100V’s continuous shooting mode, getting several hundred photos and out of those only about six with clearly identifiable turtle parts. They’re amazing creatures and I can spend hours watching them from a distance that won’t stress them out.

You will likely need to tap on a photo to zoom in to see details of the turtle part(s) :-)

Turtle fin: Turtle fin sticking out of the waves

Head of a turtle: Head of turtle peaking out from the waves

Another head: Head of turtle peaking out from the waves

Yet another head with perhaps an exposed shell below and left of the head: Head of turtle peaking out from the waves

Rear of a turtle: DSCF1804 1

From the left: Jupiter, Moon, Saturn. Then just the moon.

jupiter, half moon, saturnhalf-ish moon

Dragon’s Teeth at Kapalua, Hawaii.

I didn’t get why people include grain in their digital photos, thinking it is an anachronistic hipster thing. I’ve fully come around and find grain added by my camera can make photos seem sharper yet give blur and subjects more character. Photos feel better with grain.

Current Slate of Fujifilm Film Simulations

I’ve got a slate of six Film Simulations from Fuji X Weekly loaded on my X100V. Fuji X Weekly’s Film Recipes app is nice for a quick reference. Here’s what I’ll be working with for a while in hopes of greatly limiting RAW reprocessing with Straight-Out-Of-Camera (SOOC) JPEGs:

I figured out how to use Fujifilm X Raw Studio to save user settings to the camera. Depending on the RAW you’re using to create a user setting, it may not let you set a higher Dynamic Range so one must find a RAW shot with that dynamic range or higher or adjust that setting on the camera. I made sure to copy these to X Raw Studio’s User Settings to keep a backup. Oddly enough, the User Settings have more restrictions on allowable characters than the camera itself. As a Mac user, X Raw Studio is clunky as heck and has needless alert dialogs but it works well enough. It is clearly purpose built.

Perfect field weather today.

Chocolate chip with walnut cookie connections.

No rest for birds this time of the year. Here’s a Yellow Rumped Warbler (lower right) and Lesser Gold Finch (upper left) in our cultivated native grapes.

Yellow Rumped Warbler (lower right) and Lesser Gold Finch (upper left) in our cultivated native grapes.

There’s a thoughtful post on Fuji X Weekly. After spending several weeks with a X100V, I’m in agreement with the utility and power of Fujifilm Film Simulations. As a hobbyist, it is liberating embracing Fujifilm out-of-camera JPEGs. I barely need the RAW Power app.

I don’t consider this Fujifilm X100V a toy but it sure brings me a lot of joy. Most photos I’ve posted lately are from it. Except this one, of course.

Photo of my Fujifilm X100V

If you use recent Fujifilm camera (e.g. X100V), they have neat film simulations. I’ve made a iOS 15 Shortcut that’ll get the film sim from EXIF of a Fujifilm JPEG. Handy if you need a quick reminder about what film sim you used. Doesn’t yet work on B&W and sepia sims.