IC, I value your posts very much, and I have always learned something from you, thank you. I have done what you have just suggested, but I am afraid I cannot see what you have seen. I have a few test strips, on MGWT FB, in front of me. All exposed using different grades. Each has a fairly full range, from paper base white, to DMax. All the strips that have been "blasted" beyond maximum black read the same on my reflection densitometer, and, unfortunately, I cannot distinguish their boundaries even under a strong light. What I am saying is that my reflection densitometer seems to indicate a DMax value at the very level at which my eye cannot do better.
Originally Posted by ic-racer
I am aware that we perceive reflected shadows and highlights in a relative way, depending on the surrounding environment and illumination, very much. This would be the same, I feel, to how I would see shadows and highlights in a transmission scenario, when looking at a negative, in various environments and illumination. However, in both cases, I find that the densitometer, in reflection or transmission mode, seems to agree with what my eye sees, given enough illumination or more.
I am sure I must be missing a point you were trying to make, or perhaps I am not seeing the effect you have described. Many thanks for your suggestions.