Jay, While I haven't seen the prints that you mentioned, I had the same initial response to prints by Edw Weston that I had the opportunity to see. Initially they appeared to be dark and moody as well. However under appropriate lighting conditions the prints absolutely glowed. I have rethought my own printing along the lines of what you indicated as being your experience and also what I have observed. Sometimes full scale prints just don't impress me as much any more provided there is enough local contrast in the limited scale image. Thanks for sharing your experience.