Chocolate Mono for Dark Cocoa Tones

Monochrome film recipe for Fujiflim X-Trans IV cameras

I read that the theme for May 2022’s #10YearsOfXMount challenge is mono, so what better time to release my first monochrome recipe? This recipe is colour toned with a dark chocolate hue, so it’s less toffee orange than the built in sepia simulation, but still has a definite cast to it.

I don’t shoot black and white photography very often, and I generally prefer a faded, soft tones look to my images. So this recipe tries to sit somewhere in that area, but starting with the monochrome simulation.

It’s a fun recipe to play with, giving a very different look to scenes usually taken in colour, and with the ‘R filter’ in use, it can isolate elements in an image that a colour shot wouldn’t have highlighted. I hope you’ll enjoy experimenting with it.

Compare this to Bromide Mono, for a similar style, or for a different mono look, try Cyanotype film recipe.

Country lane, with the Chocolate Mono film recipe

Chocolate Mono Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Monochrome + Red Filter (option)
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, +4 Blue
  • Mono Shift: WC +5, MG -1
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: +1
  • Shadows: +1
  • Colour: N/A
  • Sharpness: +2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Retro sepia-like tones, with Chocolate Mono film recipe
Stellaria flowers
Chocolate Mono film recipe
Coastal sunset, with the Chocolate Mono film recipe
Blue road sign darkened
Midday blue skies
Leaves at sunset, with Chocolate Mono film recipe
Sunny morning trees, with the Chocolate Mono film recipe
Chocolate Mono film recipe, with backlit spring leaves

Join the fun! The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to chat film recipes, or share photos you’ve taken with the recipes. The Karmachroma challenge is on. Shoot with Karmachroma and share by Sun, Oct 2nd. Everyone is welcome to share photos from around the world. A selection will be added to the site. Let’s go!

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