Now that it is getting dark earlier in the evening, I've had a chance to do a little printing in my makeshift garage darkroom. I've been doing some tests with different materials. I brought in three prints from the same negative to work today to see what my non photographer coworkers thought of them. I didnt label the prints in any way, and I quickly mounted them to plain white matte boards. I decided to do some non scientific tests to see which version of the print normal people are drawn to. I understand that to do a truly scientific test I would have to develop a negative especially for the tonal scale of each paper, and this could be a major flaw in the "test". Print #1 was AZO gr 2 Dev in Smith's Amidol Print #2 was Ilford MGRC @Gr2 Pearl Finish developed in generic Dektol Print #3 was Forte Polywarmtone @Gr2 in Neutol WA 1+7 The majority of people were drawn to the Ilford RC print, saying they liked the tones it captured, the finish of the paper, and the way the scene looked "natural" 2nd most liked was the AZO print. Those who liked it were drawn to the 3 dimensional look of the print. A couple people said the print looked moodier, or colder. One person liked the Polywarmtone print saying it looked cool that I printed in brown and white. I'm not sure which print I like best yet, but it is making me rethink my approach a little. Any thoughts or comments?