Quote Originally Posted by jdef
...a contact print does bother me more than cropping an enlargement, because I dread losing even one square inch of that expensive film, and it represents a failure on my part in composing the image, but if it's beneficial to the image, I do it without hesitation.
Why do you consider it a failure? Perhaps you don't have the lens to attain the best composition you can, or maybe there is no lens that's perfect for the situation; rather, there's something near the edge of the frame that couldn't be avoided for the composition you wanted. It's not a failure to acknowledge that you'll crop it out later.

But I'm glad you'll crop even if it does bother you :-D