Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
Bill, Stephen has nailed the crux of the issue I'm facing.

Regardless of how we parse this once we pick a point on the paper to place say our main subject from the scene, then we are faced with a variety of challenges to get the rest of the subject matter we want on the paper.

Knowing it is a compromise, my question is basically asking "can placing subject matter in relation to the film's shoulder make my printing easier?"

Maybe a film that has, or can be manipulated into, a pronounced S curve with a relatively short straight line might fit my sensibility better than say a TMax that has 13 stops of straight line.

I don't know for sure but I'm beginning to suspect that this is one of the reasons that in practice I tend to prefer FP4+ over Delta 100 is the shape of the curve.
I'm pretty sure the paper curve was manipulated into a pronounced S curve to fit the reproduction theory as best as possible, using the toe of the film. And I'm a bit concerned that placing the shadows high on the curve might be defeating part of the plan.

But placing the shadows high gives me negatives that I like to print, so I am likely to continue with my "self-imposed limitation"... that I "ruin" the shadows by placing them on the straight line.