Joined: Feb. 2006
<blockquote>The Zone System does not make a difference between marked and actual transmission unimportant, it makes it well-characterized and part of the control of the process that is the photographer's responsibility.</blockquote>
It makes it very much unimportant as straight-print vs. highly-manipulated prints of Adams' photographs (such as that posted by me for "moonlight") make clear.
Crap, dude, the spring-loaded (vs. electronically timed of today) shutters were relatively flakey.
Not to mention the relatively primitive meters Adams used.
You can see from the before and after prints of "Moonlight" that Adams killed most of the dynamic range in the negative.
His T-stop vs. F-stop could've been 2 or 3 stops and he could've come up with a nearly identical image.
And, yes, I'm one of those who does not believe AA was god.