Actually I want contrasty shadows and often slightly soft highlights. I do this is my processing since I do flash more than most I expect. Not to save a print but to give me softer warmer lights and colder harde shadows.
I have just always been looking for films which have straight line. As well as fitting it to my paper a bit. Somehow think that is right. Althought I think it is wrong.
What I have also thinking about. If we take a straight line from A-B the distance is short, however if we take a curved line from A-B the distance is longer. Translating this to photography the curved line would give us more grey tones. Making it warmer to the emotion.
Is this the magic of old films.