Congratulations to Tom Janik for winning the recent Last Frame photo assignment with his image, “Hiding In Plain Sight.” Keep an eye out for his image in the Last Frame section of an upcoming issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine!
“I live in Dunkirk, N.Y., on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, approximately mid-way between Buffalo, N.Y. and Erie, Pa. This region is on a migratory path between the U.S. and Canada, and has a number of year-round resident birds as well. I’m primarily a landscape photographer, but I never pass up an opportunity to photograph some of the interesting birds I see. The shot of this eastern screech owl was very easy to get, since the owl was perched in the hollow of a silver maple tree at the end of my driveway. I was walking down the drive to my mailbox one morning when the triangular shape of the owl’s ear caught my attention. Other than that unusual shape, the owl’s camouflage was perfect. The owl stayed in the tree for just a few days. We were hoping it might build a nest, but that didn’t happen. Perhaps that was fortunate, as I’ve since learned that screech owls are fearless defenders of their nests and have been known to strike the head of humans who pass near at night.”
To see more of Tom Janik’s photography, visit his Flickr profile.
Equipment & Settings: Pentax 645Z, Pentax 645 600mm A* lens, Gitzo aluminum tripod, Arca-Swiss Z1 head, 1/500 sec. ISO 800, f/9.5.