Gritty and grainy mono recipe based on an Ilford film simulation style
This mono toned film simulation recipe was based in part upon the Ilford HP5 film recipe from Fuji X Weekly. It was tested and then manipulated a few times over as I looked for an impactful gainy look. Because it ‘was Ilford’, I named it Wilford in my mind, and now that name has stuck.
As well as Ilford underpinnings, this mono film recipe has a heavy grain (HG), punchy highlights and deep shadows. I also added a strong positve clarity, to further enhance the gritty grainy look. And, as always, there’s a hint of colour, with a mono tone shift, which you can skip if you prefer a pure black and white look.
Wilford HG Film Simulation Recipe
- Simulation: Monochrome
- Grain Effect: Strong, Large
- Colour Chrome Effect: Off
- Colour Chrome Blue: Off
- White Balance: Auto
- WB Shift: +4 Red, +9 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR400
- Highlights: +1.0
- Shadows: +1.0
- Mono Shift: WC +1, MG +4
- Sharpness: +1
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: +4
- EV compensation: 0
Grainy Film Recipes
Here are some film recipes that feature a strong grain setting, some are colour, some are mono.
- Astia Mellow – retro toned film-like recipe with high grain
- Bromide Mono – sepia style with a heavy grain
- Festival Cream – ultra creamy and ultra nostlagic
- Goldeneye – a very warm, bold recipe for golden warmth
- Retro Standard – a nostalgic look with Pro Neg Standard
- Urbex Cinematic – grainy recipe for urban exploration
Grainy recipes from other sites.
- Kodak Ultramax 400 – grainy and colourful, from Piotr S.
- Kodacolor VR200 – grainy Kodak tones, by Thomas Schwab
- Granada – a warm and grainy look by Andrei Dima (YouTube)
- OWH Film – Øyvind Nordhagen’s Astia film recipe
- Dela Rosa – grainy for golden hour, by Kebs Cayabyab (YT)
- Vintage Agfacolor & Vintage Kodachrome – Fuji X Weekly