Try having one exposure on hand. A sniper given a single bullet is far more likely to hit the bullseye than some Sad Sack with a machine gun.
What you call "a lot of hooey" and "test strips" would probably be an epiphany if you ever saw them. I have never taken a photograph of a
Avedon should have stayed in neurotic NYC with his fashionista friends. His American West series was utterly corny and had no affinity for his subject matter, which he treated like just another advertising commodity. I completely agree with Kertesz in classifying him as a Zero. Smart-yes, but in gaming the system.
I also think you should get inside more as that West Coast sunshine must be baking your brain.
How about 1 exposure per print wanted.
How about a trip to the boat drags where we want a series of 24 prints of the first 3 seconds of the drag race?
And just to be captain obvious for a moment, mirror slap and recoil are slightly different in magnitude, the former has little effect on aim while the latter is arguably a big reason machine gunners find it tougher to hit bulls-eyes , the other big reason being lack off precise aiming apparatus.
West Coast sunshine???, Bob... I'm sitting here truly on the West Coast with my office heaters on full blast. It's even cooler and more windy at
home, where it's in the 50's on a typical summer afternoon. Microclimates. Just fifteen miles away over the ridge it might be fifty degrees hotter.
I have a seminar with a varnish mfg from Michigan in a couple of days where I have to explain this microclimate scenario. They just think Canada versus Florida... But Avedon, Mr soot and chalk nontonality in person... wish someone would have put a brahma rodeo bull between that
stupid white backdrop he used and his 8x10 (which should have had a red bellows). Same with Mr Avedon ... he was just looking for
specimens, and had no concept of all the myriad "microclimates" of culture he passed thru. Only a New Yorker would think that everything
past a New Jersey recycling dump is the "West".