Kodachrome Mono, Versatile Black & White

What if Kodak had a black and white film as part of the Kodachrome family?

In my experiments with monotone film recipes, I thought to myself … what if Kodak had stuck with early plans for Kodachrome to be a mono film? It would have a different look to Tri-X and would capture the full range of tones, being versatile, and a specific interest for me, excellent for landscape photography.

So, after a late night editing session in X RAW Studio, I settled on this film recipe to give us a this Kodachrome Mono option.

The main feature of this recipe is the soft tone curve, with a generally brighter overall image, preserving lots of shadow detail. This makes it versatile for everyday photography, without the deep impactful shadows that can sometimes limit a mono recipe for day to day use.

Versatile tonal range, it’s the Kodachrome Mono film recipe

Kodachrome Mono Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Monochrome
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +1.0
  • Shadows: -1.0
  • Mono Shift: WC 1, MG 0 (ignore for pure mono)
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Mono recipes do love skies with clouds. Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Barley field in summer, capture with Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Woodland captures with the Kodachrome Mono film recipe
A small feather found in the woods, Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Under the road bridge, using Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Down by the riverbank, on a sunny day. Kodachrome Mono recipe
Enjoying breakfast, captured using Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Billowing clouds, taken with the Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Summer heather in sunshine, using Kodachrome Mono film recipe
A cobweb in the heather, taken with Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Fancy hotel (we had cream tea), with Kodachrome Mono film recipe
Rhinefield House Hotel, with Kodachrome Mono film recipe

Whilst our recipes are unrelated, having been created entirely separately, Fuji X Weekly has a Mono Kodachrome recipe too. Take a look.


🌊 Let’s get creative in this new round of The Film Recipes Challenge 🏄 The recipe is the burned and faded look, Childhood Vacation, which loves to be over exposed. Try some images and share a selection in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. Open to everyone, until end of 8th June. Tag #childhoodvacation ☀️

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