As detailed in [thread=307757]this thread[/thread] I am trying to start a virtual photography book club in this forum. With this poll I'll trying to determine which book we are going to start off with. Please vote in this poll only if you are interested in participating in the discussion. Here are brief descriptions of each of the titles under consideration: The Passionate Photographer : ten steps toward becoming great (Amazon.com link / GoodReads reviews) If you've got a love and passion for photography, and a feel for your camera gear and settings, yet your images still fall short-"The Passionate Photographer" will help you close that disappointing and frustrating gap between the images you thought you took and the images you actually got. Steve Simon distills 30 years of photographic obsession into the ten crucial steps every photographer needs to take in order to become great at their passion.The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes (Amazon.com link / GoodReads reviews) This book teaches us how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. Photography is not just a mechanical process; it requires learning how to see. As you develop your ability to look and see, you will open, more and more, to the natural inspiration of your surroundings. Filled with practical exercises, photographic assignments, and techniques for working with texture, light, and color, this book offers a system of training that draws on both Buddhist mindfulness practice and the insights of master photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs (Amazon.com link / GoodReads reviews) In this accessible and beautifully illustrated guide, readers will discover visual poetry in the creative process; use less to say more with their subject matter; learn to see light, color, shape, and expression; and begin the transition from amateur to professional. Chris Orwig's insights - to reduce and simplify, participate rather than critique, and capture a story - have made him an immensely popular workshop speaker and faculty member at the prestigious Brooks Institute. All three of these books take a practical, hands-on approach with assignments accompanying each chapter. This makes them ideal for what I envision this book club becoming. Voting in this poll will be open through this Saturday 8/18 to allow all those who are interested in participating to weigh in. On Sunday I'll announce the chosen title and then we'll get rolling in early September to allow everyone a chance to procure the book.