Sean,

Good points but I firmly believe that the largest portion of pleasure is in the craft of making a great print. The hybrid workflow can allow that but it is not automatic. Everything still requires a hands on approach, chemicals, and the skills to tame MANY variables. It is not a matter of whether digital can ever replicate to perfection an analogue print, because at that point the craft is lost and the art of making that print is no longer a factor. It is basically what inkjet printing is. With Piezography inks, for example, I can output a pretty print on pretty paper but it's all at the touch of one button. Again, it is not a matter of quality because those prints can be as beautiful as anything, but they don't require much skill and it is nowhere near as much fun or fulfilling as getting dirty and creating something out of nothing. I guess it's a matter of looking at a glass half full or half empty