Double Expresso, Retro Mono with Dark Shadows

A dark brown toned mono recipe using Acros and strong clarity

Like a shot of strong coffee, the deep dark tones in these shadows make quite a statement. If you want to produce a striking mono image, this film recipe might be a good choice for you.

To add character, the grain is strong and clarity is set high at +5. The overall look is very retro, perhaps similar to wet plate monochrome in colour, but also with an antique flatness to the image.

Antique styling with dark coffee tone = Double Expresso

Double Expresso Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Acros
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, 0 Blue
  • Mono Shift: WC +4, MG -2
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -2
  • Shadows: +2
  • Colour: N/A
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +5 for added drama
  • EV compensation: +2/3
A Double Expresso sunset
Rowing boats in the marina, Double Expresso film recipe
Bright morning sunshine, with the Double Expresso film recipe
Strong light in the woods, with Double Expresso film recipe
Looking up … Double Expresso film recipe
Ready for winter? With Double Expresso film recipe
At the tennis club, with Double Expresso film recipe
In the tramlines, with the Double Expresso film recipe
More courts indoors too. Double Expresso film recipe
Court 10, captured with the Double Expresso film recipe
Looking out from the tennis hall, Double Expresso film recipe
A sailing boat for one, with Double Expresso film recipe
Watch the birdie, with Double Expresso film recipe

Street photography by Thocles

These next photos were kindly contributed by Thocles. See the full gallery linked in the comments below.

Warsaw city scene, with Double Expresso film recipe, by Thocles
Warsaw buldings, taken with Double Expresso film recipe, by Thocles
Graffiti wall, using Double Expresso film recipe, by Thocles
On the streets of Warsaw, Double Expresso film recipe, by Thocles

Did you know? The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the latest challenge. Join in the fun! The December round of the Film Recipe Challenge is now on … shoot with Mother Superia film recipe and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or in the recipe page comments. End date is Dec 15th.

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