Please recommend a book for me.

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    I am traveling to India next week and that will be more than 15 hours and I do not want to waste that time. Please recommend an excellent book for me. I have read The Negative and The Print already so any recommendations apart from that will be appreciated.
     
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    Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel.
     
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    Way Beyond Monochrome v2

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    I second that recommendation. A fascinating book in spite of its flaws, and it seems to be undeservedly forgotten.

    It won't fill up a 15-hour flight, though. The best books I've found for that purpose are Thomas Pynchon's longer ones, but as far as I can think they're off-topic.

    -NT
     
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    A good in-flight read would be a biography of a photographer. Ansel Adams Autobiography; Brett Weston: a Restless Eye by Woods; Through another Lens by Charis Wilson or Ed Weston's DayBooks.
     
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    I really enjoyed reading 'The Negative'. I'm looking for similar books or even more geeky either in Photography or in Arts.
     
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    15 hours, on your way to India, hmm... what about A Passage to India by E. M. Forster.

    WBM2 is too dang big to carry, sorry Ralph!

    The Herrigel book is thought-provoking, and compact. I reviewed it on Amazon and on here too I think, and it is definitely a must-read for photographers. But I doubt it'd take more than a couple hours to read, and it is rather academic.

    What about Rites and Passages, about Minor White. You might like that.
     
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    +1 for Way Beyond Monochrome. I just took it on the airplane to the UK with me and while big, it was manageable.

    -- Jason
     
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    Another +1 for Way Beyond Monochrome.
     
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    Post Exposure by Ctein.

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    Post Exposure is a good book, too. If you Google it, he may still have the PDF soft copy on his website you can load on your laptop or tablet.
     
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    The Kodak encyclopedia of practical photography, 14 or 16 volumes, I forget. Should be a breeze haha

    The only encyclopedia I have attempted to read end to end.
     
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    If it does not have to be photography related one that I really liked is “Four Walls” by
    Vangelis Hatziyannidis.
     
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    The Ongoing Moment by Geoff Dyer
     
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    iwill not be responsible for the extra luggage cost
     
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    I'm going to carry only my OM-2sp and two lenses(35mm and 85mm) in my hand-luggage.

    I have ordered 'Zen in the Art of Archery' and looking for one more book.
     
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    goodpoint!
    waybeyond monochromeed2 is alsoavailable as ebook.
     
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    Bruce Barnbaum, The Art of Photography.
     
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    Not crazy about Ctein.
    REALLY don't like Barnbaum's book.

    How about a less technical book, more about seeing and ways of improving your photography and exercising your creativity? I suggest Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson.
     
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    An enthusiastic thumbs up for Michael R's suggestion: Freeman Patterson's Photography and the Art of Seeing is outstanding.
     
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    Yes , Yes , Ralph is even here to ask questions, cannot get any better than that.
     
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    Errol Morris, Believing is Seeing.

    Another vote for Geoff Dyer, The Ongoing Moment.
     
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    I'm not a student of art, but how you guys rate this book 'Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting'. I thinking to read a bit about composition esp., Geometries...any suggestions.
     
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    A perfect companion for the Zen book would be the Minor White book that I mentioned :smile: