I agree with Ghostman on normal exposure and develpment. What has me baffled, is how do you expect to get more midtones(lower contrast) from a subject that is already high contrast? What is there is there, and you wont be adding anything to it, you will only be able to render (accuratly) what is there. IMO, you probably will end up with a dull lifeless and muddy looking print that you are dissattisfied with.