Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
Surely "pencil the negative" was spoken derisively about retouching in general.

But specifically a little pencil right at the edge would lighten an edge and that would enhance edge effects.
Weston hated retouching and finally got to a point in his portrait business (which he did fairly reluctantly to begin with) when he said he would not retouch anyone's portrait.
I think he was more likely to print straight from the neg as compared to AA.