Good thoughts Doremus.

One thought/question though here;

Quote Originally Posted by Doremus Scudder View Post
This results in the compensating effect, which reduces the development of the highlights proportional to density and allows squeezing a bit more information onto the negative.
Isn't compensation more about fitting the scene to the paper by encouraging the film curve to shoulder off by discouraging highlight development?

Seems to me that compensation is actually "designed" to get to more print detail by actually reducing the negative's highlight detail.

Put another way, isn't compensation simply trying to create more of an S-curve than a linear curve?