I appreciate you sharing your photographic experience with us here, Chris.
There is something singularly attractive about large format (LF). My experience of composition on a groundglass (in medium format) is entirely different from that through an eye-level finder. Swings, tilts, rises, and falls afford a level of control somewhat analogous to that of the shave with an open blade, I would think, which might explain some of the appeal for you. The detail and tonality of LF are unsurpassed. I have seen some LF prints that were so detailed I could have sworn that I would have felt all of the textures of the scene if I were to run my fingers over the print.
What has always slowed me down from pursuing LF is the inconvenience of sheet film. I have often viewed my slow, deliberate approach to medium format photography with my TLRs (Twin Lens Reflex cameras, almost always on a tripod) as "large-format-but-a-bit-too-lazy." Perhaps one day, I'll take that step into large format.
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