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Bronze 2021 Fine Art / Special Effects

Secret Garden

  • Photographer
    Frank Fenqiang Liu
  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art / Special Effects

The oak tree in this photo with its beautiful hanging moss was cut down later due to its unhealthy condition. I was so happy 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.

Frank came to the US from China to study Cinema and Photography for a Master of Fine Arts degree. After graduation, he worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. He also helped his wife with her business that provides behavior analysis services for children with autism. Recently, he has devoted himself to wildlife and nature photography. Frank’s educational and cultural influence from both the East and the West, his artistic background, and mastery of photography allow him to express his thoughts and emotions in a unique style.