I love the results of my Faded Color recipe, so creating a Faded Monochrome recipe was a natural next step. This film simulation recipe requires the use of the double-exposure feature of the camera. The first exposure is a normal photo, and the second exposure is of something plain white. I’ve tried different things, but for me a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card works well. No need for the second exposure to be in focus. It’s a simple idea that I wish I had thought of earlier. I think I’ve just scratched the surface of what can be created using this technique.
In film photography, you could achieve a similar look by printing with a low-contrast filter. You could also develop the film for low contrast by adjusting any number of things in the lab. You might also get this look by accident if you reused the fixer one too many times. Sometimes underexposed pushed-processed film has a very similar aesthetic. It’s possible for negatives to fade over time, especially if not stored correctly, and that, too, might create a similar look. While “faded” is in the title of this recipe, the look isn’t so much faded as it is low-contrast with “milky” blacks. It works especially well for high-contrast scenes.
To use this recipe, you will create two exposures using the double-exposure feature of your camera. The first exposure is the main image, and the second exposure is of something plain white, such as a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card. There is no need for the second exposure to be in focus. The exposure compensation for the second exposure can vary greatly depending on how bright the white is and how you want the picture to look. You will have to play around with it to figure out what works for you. The good news is that your camera will give you a preview of the finished image and will allow do-overs.
Acros (Acros+Y, Acros+R, Acros+G)
Dynamic Range: DR100
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: 0 (Neutral)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (main exposure), 0 to -2 (second exposure)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using my Faded Monochrome recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:
Park Bench – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
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I love this. Fantastic use of the double-exposure idea.
Well cool idea, love the photos!
Love it! Now, do you carry that index card with you and shoot it every time after the first? Too bad there wasn’t a way to select an “already taken shot” and then blend. But I certainly get the technique!
Just a word: Your recipes have really changed the way I view JPGs (but only with the Fuji, of course LOL!) and use them. I’ve started with your Vintage Kodachrome and then adjusted to my liking. Lately, I’ve started shooting a lot of my reportage in JPG. Saves files space and the JPGs themselves still have a lot of info to play around with in Lightroom (if needed).
All this to say, thank you for your inspiration and shared creativity!
I appreciate your feedback and kind words! I do carry an index card when I use this recipe (and Faded Color). You have to be dedicated to the technique when using this recipe, unfortunately there’s no way around it, but the results are great. Glad you found the blog beneficial. Take care!
I need to thank You so much for your blog, you literally changed my photo style with your receipts.
A strong Hug form Venice, Italy.
Stay healthy and keep to be strong.
Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words!