Quote Originally Posted by mesantacruz View Post

2/2.5 I guess by not using the full amount of developer, i was not getting Blown Out highlights (correct?).
I would say instead that your highlights weren't fully developed - and in many cases were probably underdeveloped.

It is better to reduce contrast by reducing time, because it will have a more predictable effect on all the tones from mid-tones through the highlights.