Liminal Mono with a Bright Infra-Red Look

Monotone film recipe for Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras

Here’s something different that shows just how a film recipe can open up a whole new style of image. I’ve been working on some monochrome recipes, but as I don’t often shoot black and white, I wanted to do something in my retro, faded style, which was mono, but not traditional black and white.

I love the old photo look, and I also love a low contrast image, so my recipe pushes several settings to an extreme to achieve something like a 19th century monotone print. In some conditions, it can also look weirdly infra-red like night vision.

It’s really important to overexpose with this film recipe, so do make sure to use a compensation of at least +2/3 and don’t be scared to go beyond +1. It also loves light, so shoot in full sun, high contrast environments and see what you can come up with.

Bright, high-contrast woodland, with the Liminal Mono film recipe

Liminal Mono Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Monochrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, 0 Blue
  • Mono Shift: WC +4, MG +4
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -2
  • Shadows: -2
  • Colour: N/A
  • Sharpness: +3
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +2/3 to +1 2/3
Small jetty on the riverside, with Liminal Mono film recipe
Simple, but effective ferry bumpers, with Liminal Mono film recipe
Efficient boat parking, snapped with Liminal Mono film recipe
Shadow play, captured with Liminal Mono film recipe
Bright blue skies, with the Liminal Mono film recipe
Country lane, looks almost IR, with Liminal Mono film recipe
Bright yellow flowers, transformed by the Liminal Mono film recipe
Ferry shelter, captured with the Liminal Mono film recipe
The shelter is actually pink! But not with Liminal Mono film recipe
A shady spot, taken with Liminal Mono film recipe
That’s me, taking this photo, with the Liminal Mono film recipe
Soft tones in pale mono, with the Liminal Mono film recipe
Lake reflections, with the Liminal Mono film recipe
Full sunlight, high contrast, washed out with Liminal Mono

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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