I actually do have an idea or two that I'm toying with.
For one, when living with prints for a bit and viewing them from across the room in normal life over a week or two I'm finding that I like them brighter. My darker prints while very enjoyable at close range and bright lighting are tougher to enjoy from across the room. I find that same truth, for me, when out in restaurants and other places when viewing the work of others.
In my printing the mid-tones are creeping up brighter and pushing some of the highlight detail off the scale on the print. To put this in real terms of subject matter. The whites of a subjects eyes are competing with the bright side of the nose and forehead for room on the paper curve.
I've been playing with trying retain a bit more detail at the very top, even if its compressed a bit, while retaining good mid-tone snap. I'm trying to find the sweet spot here and see if for example FP4+'s curve fits my needs better than say TMax's or delta's.
The intent is to make printing easier with less burn and dodge.
In essence the question I'm asking is "can I use the inherent compression a shoulder imparts to my advantage here?"