Identify a location/subject you feel passionately about and shoot a series of images that explore it as a photo essay. Explore this location/subject as fully as you can. Select the best 12-16 images from this shoot, which you feel has the greatest impact and it expresses, the location/subject as a photo essay. Write a short but concise introduction to what your project was about, in no more than (300 words).
In a further document, I would be very interested to know what you felt about the unit. Was there any particular section(s) of this unit you found most informative and perhaps any sections that were not. (Approx 300 words).
Assignment 8 – Final Portfolio
Subject: Peninsula Magic
The Redcliffe Peninsula adjoins Brisbane by two bridges and is steeped in history and the modern beach culture. Recently, developments have begun all over the area as more and more people move here. Redcliffe is famous for being the first settlement city in Queensland and also boasts an annual Kite Festival and the Festival of Sails. The peninsula boasts spectacular sunrises and sunsets, a number of iconic jetties and bridges and an active outdoor lifestyle.
From a personal perspective, I have lived all over Australia but never felt I had found ‘home’ until I moved here. Its serenity and beauty always give me a kaleidoscope of new material to photograph and as it grows I hope to document these changes. I hope these images show what makes this place so unique and such a wonderful place to live.
Image 1: Redcliffe’s First Settlement Wall
Image 2: Sunset at Scarborough Beach
Image 3: Sunset Stroll at Newport
Image 4: Morning Fishing
Image 5: Clontarf Beach
Image 6: The Hornibrook Bridges
Image 7: The Redcliffe Jetty
Image 8: Kites Aloft at the Kite Park
Image 9: Saga Viking Stones at Pelican Park
Image 10: Gayundah Wreck, Woody Point
Image 11: Sunrise at Scarborough Beach
Image 12: Twilight at Woody Point
Image 13: Low Tide Reflections
Image 14: Pylon Shadows at Sunset
Image 15: Lighting on the Bridges is Pelican-friendly
Image 16: Rock Fishing at Scotts Point
My Critique of VIS15
I enjoyed completing VIS15 immensely. Learning about the gestalt laws was critical to better understanding composition and how that affects how we perceive photographs we take. The layout and presentation of the unit was good, with each module in separate PDFs which I found very helpful. I also really enjoyed the practical assignments and having many of these, rather than a couple that were worth a lot of marks. These tasks stretched me outside my comfort zone and gave me impetus and motivation to take photos more regularly.
There are some typographical errors and very out-of-date information (eg no mention of mirrorless 4/3rd technology or translucent mirrors) in the literature provided which made the course seem less professional. I also felt that assignments 2, 3 and 6 were not overly helpful to me and would have preferred to learn more about aperture settings, how to use my camera in manual mode, and shutter speeds (eg, what settings for sunny days, which ones for indoors etc). I felt that the practical assignments made us take pictures, even though we hadn’t been taught what settings were needed to use the camera properly. It also would have been much better for me, as a student, to have our assignments marked prior to the next one being due as I use the feedback provided to improve with each successive task.
All in all, VIS15 has sparked my creativity and my interest in photography and is a unit I would recommend to others. I feel that this unit can only improve over time, and I hope that RMIT will consider having an entire BA (Photography) available via OUA soon.