Into the Unknown

by Ben Mckechnie November. 10, 2016 2382 views

This week's theme is the PhotoBlog minimalist photography challenge. 

I don't use minimalism too often when composing. As a travel photographer, I find myself more concerned with capturing colorful scenes of people and the flow of daily life in a location.

Having said that, I dabble occasionally. I enjoy minimalism because it challenges me to see patterns in geometry, limit my color palette, and compose an image that is clean, simple, yet visually striking. 

I'm based in South Korea until Christmas. I live very close to the beach. Early in the morning, I went down with a friend and came face to face with a thick wall of fog. I asked him if he'd walk away into the fog for me. I then fired off a few exposures, one of which you can see below. What do you think?

Man and fog

"Into the Unknown"


Here's the link to this week's theme announcement. There's still plenty of time to get an entry in, but no point hanging around... Get inspiration by checking out the other entries so far here. Happy shooting.

P.S. If you didn't know, I'm PhotoBlog's new Community Manager. It would be great if you'd come and say hello over on the Forum. See you there!


Man and fog

Black and white edit (Antonio's suggestion - and a good one!)


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Jan Oost 4 years, 9 months ago

Great picture, Ben! Great stuff for philosophical contemplation.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Great capture !

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 10 months ago

Cool shot, Ben! I love shooting through fog, I like the mood it gives a photo. :)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Arun Tp 4 years, 10 months ago

great one

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Adrianshot 4 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful photo! It feels very mysterious. Love how the fog creates the depth of field. I personally think the one in b&w look better, monochrome suit the weekly theme (minimalism) as well!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Daris Pro 4 years, 10 months ago

i loved this first image#1!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

I would love to see this one in b&w. Just a thought Ben. :-)) Congrats for your new function here in PB.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Your wish is my command. See above. Does it work better in B&W as you imagined?

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I think it does. :-)))) I think it enhances the solitude mood. Thanks Ben

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

Congrats on your new position!
Love this dramatic image....

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jay! I added a black and white edit. Which works better in your opinion?

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 10 months ago

I like both, but the mono looks more mysterious and dramatic, IMHO....

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
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