Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Benskin View Post
There's another factor that hasn't been address and that is the perception of the scene. The viewer expects a certain look from a backlit scene and that usually includes a flattening of the shadows. If the object of the photograph is to be natural looking, then snappy shadow contrast may not be appropriate. Personally, one of my favorate photographic approaches is to play against these kind of conventions.
Obviously, but I don't think that's what was being proposed as theoretical support for reduced exposure under high flare conditions. Flare flattens shadow contrast on its own. The only reason to reduce exposure (assuming of course the highlights fall within the scale of the film) is to flatten them even more. If that's the intent of the artist, I have absolutely no problem with it.