I don't want this thread to turn into a digital versus film discussion because that is NOT my intention. I approach my film work as a completely separate thing to my digital stuff. Here is my dilemma and I know the answer lies in the fact that film is film so why pretend to be something you aint!? As we once dodged and burnt and changed filters and or paper with our clocks ticking in the past than now we grab a layer adjustment and paint a mask with a mouse. "Same result different method" many will say but I still have to discover that "wow this works" when processing via photoshop. I know it will do all and 1000 things more than it's analogue roots but I feel I am missing something? After years of searching for a workflow that would produce dead neutral B&W prints I can finally sit back and admire those deep blacks and clean whites BUT I cannot help but be distracted by the lack of "soul" in those prints. If I was to define "soul" I suppose it would be a combination of grain and the increased dynamic range of properly exposed and processed film. The answer, if I was to emulate a film look, lies in post processing but than I face the dilemma I mentioned above. I have tried grain emmulators which I have found quite life like in terms of their fake grain reproduction but is it a mental thing or do they still look digital to me? Skin tones in digital seem way too smooth and lacking in depth to me, it is almost like a mild form of the dreaded "bronzing" of inkjet printers has just effected many of the skin tones of young perfect skin of children. Older people with blemishes print up fine but children who are lacking in wringles / skin imperfections seem to look strange. I suppose what I am asking is can you please share some of your workflow tips / tricks that generate that X factor in terms of giving your B&W (or colour as a matter of a fact) that look that even fools the best critics out there trying to spot a digital inkjet print from a true FB or RC silver hailde one or should i just drop it and accept digital for what it is?