The numerous replies to this thread, both pro and con...establish at least one thing, and that is that people react to Rogers columns. This particular Ap did not arrrive until this morning and it was not till lunch time that I had a quick read. The picture in question did stand out from the crowd, but I would be hard pressed to say why. The criticism of the deep featureless blacks are someting feared today, and are usually opened out in PS. Into meaningless greys punctuated by noise. In past times they were used as just another tool in image making. Roger in his commentary gave us plenty to think about. It was as unexpected and at the same time interesting as always. Rarely if ever do the linked photographs set me off on the same journey as Rogers articles do, but why should they? What would I learn if they did?