This photograph shows the view to the east from the Aiguille du Midi, a 10,000-foot peak beside Mont Blanc, just outside the village of Chamonix, France. Chamonix is about 15 miles from the Swiss border and I like to go there whenever I visit Switzerland. The photograph includes a large shaded area that would be almost impossible to dodge in the usual way with enough precision to avoid being obvious.
Ideally, we choose paper contrast low enough to allow detail to be seen in the dark and light ends of the scale without dodging or burning. Occasionally, however, because this approach can yield a rather dull, boring print, I sometimes choose a paper contrast that theory says is too high. In exchange for the dodging and/or burning this requires, a more lively, sparkling print can be obtained. This is one of those cases.
Figure 1 shows an unmasked straight print. The loss of detail off the dark end of the scale indicates that the paper contrast was a little too great to accommodate the density range of the negative.