Black Friday, Mono with Moody Mid Tones

Grainy monotone film recipe using the Acros film simulation

I’m nothing if not topical, releasing this grainy and characterful mono recipe on Black Friday. Yes, it’s available free, with nothing to pay now or later 🙂

The base for this recipe is is the Acros film simulation, which is one of the best mono recipes straight out of the box. In my tweaking, I’ve added lashings of grain, and pushed the dynamic range with stronger highlights and deeper shadow. Burnout is limited with a -1/3 underexposure suggestion. Oh, and because it’s me, I’ve added just a small mono colour shift, with one click towards warm.

Exploring the woods on a gloomy day, with Black Friday film recipe

Black Friday Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Acros Yellow Filter
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, 0 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR100
  • Highlights: +1.0
  • Shadows: +1.0
  • Mono Shift: WC 1, MG 0
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: -1/3
Mid tones are full of character, with the Black Friday film recipe
A coastal summer view, using Black Friday film recipe
Riverbank details
Black Friday film recipe
Black Friday film recipe enjoys working with a lot of light
Spiderweb looking towards morning sun, Black Friday recipe
A sunny scene with high contrast, Black Friday film recipe
In the misty forest, Black Friday film recipe
Capturing the mood of a shady track, with Black Friday film recipe
Stony shoreline on a sunny day, Black Friday film recipe
Sunny seaside scenes from high summer, with Black Friday film recipe
Handsome old house, using Black Friday film recipe
I seem to take a lot of my photos by the water, Black Friday film recipe
A view across the heathland, using the Black Friday film recipe

More Mono

If you are a fan of black & white photography, or the subtly toned mono image, then these other film recipes are worth a look…

And from other creators …

  • New Scala – Soft toned Agfa Scala, by Marcel Fraij
  • Padilla – Grainy with deep shadow, by Kevin Mullins
  • Acros Punch – A recipe for high impact B&W, by Jamie Chance
  • Leica M10 Mono – Smooth toned mono, by Mark Adams
  • Washi S50 – The deepest possble blacks, by Piotr Skrzypek
  • Black Beauty – Retro toned mono from Captn Look
  • Dark Matter – Punchy and grainy, from Ivan Cheam

Embrace a film-like look and join in with the Film Recipes Challenge 📸 Take photos with the Flatpack film recipe, and share them in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. This recipe is based on film prints in a matte low contrast style. Join in from where you live with a deadline of end of 29th March. #flatpack 👍

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