Quote Originally Posted by Doremus Scudder View Post
... My original question to Ralph has to do with why VC paper would not benefit from pre-exposing film, but graded paper would. I don't understand the reasoning yet... I'm sure Ralph will illuminate things for me. ...
The combination of pre-exposue and VC paper makes little sense, because the reduced shadow contrast of the negative requires a harder grade of paper, which pushes most shadow detail onto very low print values. It makes the whole print too dark. You'll find a detailed description here:

http://www.waybeyondmonochrome.com/W...xposureEd2.pdf