Quote Originally Posted by DREW WILEY View Post
Well, I got a little ticked by the expression, "have your cake and eat it too". Sometimes the way I think, that means deliberately breaking the Zone rules by overdeveloping a "normal" scene ratio to
expand the midtone and highlight gradation, and then punching in the delicacy of the extremes using
either unsharp masking or split printing. The latter is easier.
I agree with you that sometimes a negative of higher than normal contrast makes for a better print. Both because of the midtone separation you mention, and because it makes me work harder in the darkroom.