Quote Originally Posted by Regular Rod View Post
Surely that is easier to do if all the information has been preserved in the negative instead of being overdeveloped and lost through blocking?
I think the confusion lies in the definition of "blocking". Highlights which do not fit onto the paper in a straight print are not blocked. Most modern films can handle a long scale scene quite well (a much longer scale than paper), they simply need burning in at the printing stage, as Thomas writes. Highlights become blocked when the exposure and development is so extreme that the highlight areas begin to loose contrast / separation / detail in the negative itself.