DESCRIPTIONWhen photographing wildlife, I sometimes zoom in and focus only on the subjects themselves. Most of the time, though, I prefer a wider angle that includes features of their environment. Viewing wildlife through the camera lens along with their natural habitat inspires me to try to highlight the sublime beauty of nature.
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 egret.
AUTHORFenqiang Liu began studying drawing while attending middle school in China. During college, he took an interest in photography. After finishing his BA degree in Chinese literature, Fenqiang worked as a cameraman for geographic educational videos. He later came to the United States to obtain his MFA in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After graduation, Fenqiang worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. He and his wife later opened a business that provides behavior analysis services for children with autism. In recent years, Fenqiang has devoted his time to nature and wildlife photography and won multiple awards from international photo contests.
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.