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

    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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