Im quite new in using a view camera and was reading a lot about the zone system lately. I think I understand the main principle and advantages of the system (placing values in different shades of grey, compacting and expanding opacity range of the negative at will ..) There is the part about choosing an exposure when applying the zone system I thought of asking you. I think the best I would explain my question is by the example .. Lets say I have a sun filled, contrasty scene in front of me. Ideally, Id like to preserve both shadows and highlights. Pointing meter at both tells me that this is too much for the negative to record properly. I would know that I have to compact the zones, so I would chose to overexpose by 2 stops and give less development to the negative later, right? My question is, which exposure time to choose for a scene like this, would it be the shadows placed on zone II plus 2 stops, or an average between shadows and highlights metering, plus 2 stops? Knowing this would help me a lot as Im heading out soon with my camera. Thanks.