Me too, I don't think I need to change contrast. The lighter print "looks good" on Grade 2 (so the "local contrast" is correct). Perhaps what I need to accept is that the area under the awnings in the patio is essentially a "low contrast" scene. There isn't an obvious "shadow" to key to pitch black. So what ends up looking good is a photograph without a black key.
Originally Posted by tkamiya
And maybe that is what galls us, we keep demanding something black, so we print down to black and make the print "dark".
Well, maybe not every print needs something black.