It is really difficult to really apreciate the real contrast of an image unless you see a print. A few years ago I saw an exhibition of Ralph Gibson prints from early work (Days at Sea, Deja Vu, etc) and was really surprised by the "glow" the prints had. In any publication or even the books themselves the images seemed to be printed with quite high contrast. But in person you understand how he really mastered TriX and Rodinal to use the grain to provide depth to shadow areas and greater subtleties of tonality. In fact the prints looked extremely sharp even though the contrast appeared less in the actual prints.