Originally Posted by Stephen Benskin
I'll second what Stephen says. I'd be happy to print from the negative you achieved. The range would fit my paper, and the shadow detail gives plenty to work with. I've had similar results where I tested and pegged the shadows, yet they came up above the density I predicted.
I also like to understand what is going on, but I try not to let my (mis)understanding of why... get in the way of shooting. So keep doing, and let the theory discussions be the fireside chats that you mull over in spare time.