Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 Fine Art / Special Effects

Secret Garden

  • Photographer
    Frank Fenqiang Liu

The oak tree in this photo with its beautiful hanging moss was cut down later due to its unhealthy condition. I was so lucky to have captured the great egret and the old tree before it was removed! The oak branches and hanging moss framed the egret while I waited for it to take off. Finally, my patience was rewarded, and I was able to capture an exquisite moment. During post-processing, I selected the sky and make it darker. Then I painted the light using the soft brush tool to create a more mysterious and artistic impression. The contrast also highlighted the elegance and beauty of the great.

During college, Fenqiang took an interest in photography. After finishing his BA degree in Chinese literature, he obtained his MFA in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University. After graduation, Fenqiang worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. In recent years, Fenqiang has devoted his time to nature and wildlife photography and won multiple international photo awards. Fenqiang’s cultural influence from both the East and the West, his artistic background, and his photography mastery allow him to express his thoughts and emotions in a unique style.