Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
Point is: it's all in the definition of 'minimum exposure'. One must define what the minimum shadow density should be. For someone like me, it's relatively high, because I like lots of shadow detail (landscape). For others, it does not matter much as long as they get any picture at all (news, forensics, etc). Landscape photographers usually rate their films up to 2/3 stops below box speed. To me, XP2 is no different, but standard C41 processing gives it a rather low average gradient. Hence, the exposure latitude towards the highlights and none towards the shadows.
Thanks for the chart.

So, if I may para-phase a bit, you seem to be saying "place your shadows where it works for the subject and the highlights will work out." Is that about correct?

I too like lots of shadow detail and, when not using a Holga, I tend to place zone three in some pretty dark spots.

Artistically I simply feel that shadow and mid-tone details always trump highlight details. C-41 though generally gives me both.