Fujifilm X-T1 (X-Trans II) Faded Monochrome Film Simulation Recipe


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Partially Illuminated – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 “Faded Monochrome”

This is my Faded Monochrome recipe adapted for my Fujifilm X-T1. It will work on all X-Trans I & II and Bayer sensor cameras, just so long as it has a double-exposure mode (I think they all do, but I’m not 100% certain). You have to put the camera into double-exposure mode, capture the scene with the first exposure, and use the second exposure to photograph a medium-grey piece of paper (I used an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of construction paper). I prefer the second exposure to be out of focus. The first exposure should be slightly overexposed, perhaps by 1/3 to 2/3 stop, because the second exposure will decrease the contrast. The second exposure should be underexposed by at least 1 stop, and as many as 3 stops. How bright or dark the second exposure is will determine just how faded the picture will be. It requires some experimentation, but thankfully you get a real-time display of what the picture will look like and the opportunity for a do-over (simply select “Retry”). The look you get is similar to using a low-contrast filter when making black-and-white prints in the darkroom.

Monochrome
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +2 (High)
Shadow: +2 (High)
Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Faded Monochrome recipe on my Fujifilm X-T1:

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Thought – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Girl Shadow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Piano Hand – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Piano Fingers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Faded Lily – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Flowers Fading – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Bouquet – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Wheelbarrow Monochrome – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Gathering – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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Window Blinds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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13 comments

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  5. Alex · May 17, 2021

    Hey man, amazing work. Didnt even know these cameras could do this. Any chance maybe you could make a tri-x preset for the xt 10?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 17, 2021

      I appreciate the kind words! I don’t know exactly how close I can get, but I think that’s a great suggestion and I will work on it. Thank you!

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  7. Marc · January 31

    Amazing work, thank you much, i’d test this with my X-T1, X-E2. One Question: Is there besides “monochrome” another good B&W Film simulation for X-Trans I&II Sensors? Something like Acros, HP5+`? I do really miss these on my E1, E2 & T1, sadly.

    Much thanks for your help, and extraordinary work!
    Marc

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 1

      I have used the X-Trans I and Bayer B&W recipes on my X-T1 with good success. But a new X-Trans II B&W recipe is overdue. Thanks for the comment!

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      • Marc · February 2

        Yes Ritchie,

        that would being excellent ! A new X-Trans II B&W receipe, please. Many people don’t own the latest & greatest (X-Trans III & IV) but many also love the look, X-Trans I & II gives, and so do i. Therefore, i never upgraded since then.

        Thanks for your work !

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 2

        I started working on it yesterday, so look for it in the coming weeks.

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  8. Marc · January 31

    I would second that, would love this too, Kodak TX400 (Tri-X) onto all X-Trans I & II Sensors! Thanks for the Fujifilm Love!

    Best,
    Marc

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