"The Trilogy"  © Stephen W. Oachs
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(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:May 28th, 2017 (9:07am) PDT
I agree..nice to go back to these beauties
(@Jobe60) Johann breiner said:May 28th, 2017 (12:12am) PDT
Fantastic photo in all respects.
Greetings, Johann
(@MaryLouBickell) Mary Lou Bickell said:May 18th, 2014 (4:33am) PDT
This must have been a dream come true for you to capture this shot...not one but three just posing for you! Amazing capture Stephen!
(@saguaropictures) Greg McCown said:June 12th, 2013 (11:39am) PDT
Awesome shot!
(@JamesA1) James Anderson said:May 13th, 2013 (9:09pm) PDT
great catch!
(@KWirtanen) Kent Wirtanen said:October 10th, 2012 (8:09pm) PDT
This is an absolutely fantastic capture...well done Stephen.
(@JeanAnnFennell) Jean Ann Fennell said:August 19th, 2012 (9:36am) PDT
Stephen, I've been waiting for this to show up in your "shop" so I can purchase a copy but it still isn't there. How can I buy an 11x17?
(@timbutler54) Tim Butler said:August 17th, 2012 (7:00am) PDT
What an amazing shot!
(@teach50) Linda Karlin said:August 17th, 2012 (6:46am) PDT
How true. They must have listened to your thoughts and surprised you. Congrats on your superb find and photo.
(@Tiana) Tatiana K said:July 4th, 2012 (10:43am) PDT
Great shot!
(@rohanpavgi) Rohan Pavgi said:June 7th, 2012 (12:46pm) PDT
oh hie there! three musketeers! :) Great shot
(@PhotographyByHenrik) Henrik Nilsson said:June 4th, 2012 (6:35pm) PDT
Hey, you were in my neck of the woods. As you know we had about 30 snowy owls stop over for the winter this year. Highly unusual. Now of course this is a great shot...I know the perch very well. To have all three look down your lens - well, could it really get any better? I think not. Superb work!
(@huntington) Benjamin Nocke said:May 12th, 2012 (1:24pm) PDT
great shot!
(@apholbert) Andy Holbert said:April 6th, 2012 (3:47am) PDT
Wonderful! Shot of a lifetime!
(@timbutler54) Tim Butler said:April 6th, 2012 (3:43am) PDT
Amazing capture.
(@davidmcmahon) David McMahon said:March 23rd, 2012 (1:14pm) PDT
They were watching you as keenly as you were focused on them. What a trio!
(@DarylHunter) Daryl Hunter said:March 21st, 2012 (7:27am) PDT
Quite the parliament you captured here Stephen - excellent!
(@laurelstillman) Laurel Stillman said:March 19th, 2012 (3:36pm) PDT
It's superb. So much so, that I've already purchased a note card version and sent it off to a loved one. What a threesome!
(@rich007) Rich Mayer said:March 18th, 2012 (9:35am) PDT
Your narration is correct. Wildlife photography is tougher than general scenic photography, in my opinion, because you're dependent on animals instead of streams/mountains/rivers/fields. And even when they momentarilly land on the specific perch you've been hoping for, they have to be facing the right way :-)
Love this photo. In fact, I think this is my 2nd comment ( although my first comment was made via my alter-ego, Austin Powers ).
(@Csillogo11) Zelkó Csilla said:March 18th, 2012 (12:58am) PDT
outstanding capture, great composition, great eye contact, clear picture
(@IrawanSubingar) Irawan Subingar said:March 16th, 2012 (3:58am) PDT
wow... it's just too perfect !
beautiful !
(@CorrieWhite)  said:March 14th, 2012 (7:44pm) PDT
The perfect trio. They've taken quite an interest in you as well.
(@sasastro) sas astro said:March 12th, 2012 (1:41pm) PDT
Superb! I'm beginning to think that wildlife photography is much like street photography in that you never know what you'll come home with
(@Stentionhouse) Stention House said:March 12th, 2012 (10:04am) PDT
Brilliant shot. Fabulous. Outstanding. That's me adjectived out ;)
(@guiney) Lillian said:March 8th, 2012 (1:59pm) PST
What can I say? what a FANTASTIC shot
(@D-Jack) Daniel Jackson said:March 7th, 2012 (8:36pm) PST
It's as if you set up a family portrait. Perfect lighting, nice pose and they all dressed the same.
Amazing image Stephen.
(@davercox) Dave Cox said:March 6th, 2012 (6:31pm) PST
Amazing! How lucky to see such a sight!
(@JoeSmith) Joe Smith said:March 6th, 2012 (2:50pm) PST
Great shot
(@Kevinmatthewcurrie) Kevin Currie said:March 5th, 2012 (3:06pm) PST
Love how you captured the "look" :D
(@Karlstajber) Vlado Ferencic said:March 5th, 2012 (5:55am) PST
(@migusilva) Miguel António de Almeida e Silva said:March 5th, 2012 (2:05am) PST
a beautiful trio. Excellent framing.
(@ppalcaide) pepe alcaide said:March 2nd, 2012 (11:38pm) PST
Me gusta el encuadre y la composición pero sobre todo me encanta como has logrado captar la atención de las tres lechuzas.
(@Mark-Johnson) Mark Johnson said:February 29th, 2012 (8:26am) PST
Awesome capture!
(@AntonioCantabrana) Antonio Cantabrana said:February 29th, 2012 (2:15am) PST
Perfecta. Felicidades.
(@ManuelTello) Manuel Tello said:February 28th, 2012 (2:42pm) PST
impresionante escena !!!
(@shuggie) Karl Williams said:February 28th, 2012 (1:04pm) PST
BTW, who the hell had the nerve to give this a 6? Is he/she blind or what?
(@shuggie) Karl Williams said:February 28th, 2012 (1:03pm) PST
Yep - this'll do nicely. Talking of photographic frustrations, landscape work is no picnic you know. You get a great view and then wait 2 hours in the freezing cold for some decent light - zippo, zilch. Then you pack up, get into the car, drive off and suddenly see "finger of God" lighting in your rear view mirror. Frustrating? Just a bit ....
(@mirtofontana) Mirto Fontana said:February 28th, 2012 (12:15am) PST
wonderful! here my first 10!
(@IvelinaAasen)  said:February 27th, 2012 (10:35am) PST
outstanding nature photography! I love Snowy Owls, such a beautiful birds. And this capture is a masterpiece! I love everything about it!
(@Giugrim) Giuseppe Grimaldi said:February 27th, 2012 (8:54am) PST
magnificent capture !
(@klythawk) John Purchase said:February 27th, 2012 (6:30am) PST
(@JKKimball) John Kimball said:February 27th, 2012 (5:48am) PST
What a wonderful shot!
(@SiljeSkaara) Silje Skaara said:February 27th, 2012 (2:41am) PST
Great shot!
(@Angel) Ángel Arcos said:February 27th, 2012 (2:02am) PST
Hermosa captura, buena luz y color!
(@PhotosEcosse) Barbara Jones said:February 26th, 2012 (12:49pm) PST
10/10 !!!!!!!
(@peterj) peterj said:February 26th, 2012 (10:37am) PST
A great photo indeed.
(@rich007) Rich Mayer said:February 26th, 2012 (10:19am) PST
Yeah Baby Yeah !!!
(@Joanot) Joanot said:February 26th, 2012 (10:01am) PST
(@jnhPhoto) John Harrison said:February 26th, 2012 (8:52am) PST
(@axelhildebrandt) Axel Hildebrandt said:February 26th, 2012 (4:51am) PST
This is about as cool as it gets. Great perch, BG and having three of them in the frame makes it special.
(@nairfotografia) Nair Fotografia said:February 25th, 2012 (6:19pm) PST
this is excellent
(@Monica Siri) Monica Siri said:February 25th, 2012 (9:43am) PST
Great capture!!
(@keiji-403) KEIJI said:February 25th, 2012 (5:56am) PST
great shot!
(@ChristopherDodds) Christopher Dodds said:February 25th, 2012 (4:48am) PST
Awesome to see the three together on such a great perch against such a rich background. Fabulous!
(@annacarter) anna carter said:February 25th, 2012 (3:09am) PST
great compo !!!!
(@pietflour) piet flour said:February 25th, 2012 (12:28am) PST
superb nature photography
(@paulgarrett) Paul Garrett said:February 24th, 2012 (6:15pm) PST
Outstanding group shot, Stephen!
(@Anna) Anna Trandeva said:February 24th, 2012 (3:05pm) PST
awesome trio!:)
(@AForns) Alfred Forns said:February 24th, 2012 (10:49am) PST
Excellent image Impressive in every way !!!
(@mjiphotography) Michael Ippolito said:February 24th, 2012 (7:01am) PST
AWESOME shot! Love it!
(@Ovimo) OVIDIU MOISE said:February 24th, 2012 (6:58am) PST
What an incredible shot! I just wanna know if you had to pay them in mice or canadian cash to get them to pose for you like that... ;o) Beautifully done.
(@inter211) Willie Huang said:February 23rd, 2012 (6:55pm) PST
Are you sure these arent 3 statues that you placed on that tree? Totally rocking shot! This is just fantastic!
(@MikeThompson) Mike Thompson said:February 23rd, 2012 (6:16pm) PST
It would be easy to go on and on about why I like this shot. However the word WOW seems most appropriate.
(@foothillsphoto) Neil Jolly said:February 23rd, 2012 (5:21pm) PST
These guys look familiar! What an awesome capture Stephen!
(@ecollins) Earl Collins said:February 23rd, 2012 (12:40pm) PST
Fantastic capture Stephen.
(@JimNall) Jim Nall said:February 23rd, 2012 (10:38am) PST
Stephen, an excellent top notch portrait of these three beauties! Would be pround to have taken this photo! Congratulations!
(@RickySadiosaRueda) Jim Nall said:February 23rd, 2012 (7:22am) PST
wonderful shot.. love it a lot. cheers!
(@dfm63) Dario Marelli said:February 23rd, 2012 (5:19am) PST
this is a womderful capture Stephen, with a perfect background!
(@scottsmorra) Scott Smorra said:February 22nd, 2012 (12:08pm) PST
As I've said before, this is a beautiful image Stephen. Great eye contact and colors.
(@stephenoachs) Stephen W. Oachs said (72dpi Admin):February 22nd, 2012 (9:39am) PST
@Simon, they'll start heading back soon, end of Feb, early March.
(@Photobarx) Simon Barker said:February 22nd, 2012 (8:23am) PST
Fantastic, Stephen. So glad you trip up north paid spades!!
Do you know when these guys start to head back to the arctic?
(@jdebordphoto) John De Bord Photography said:February 22nd, 2012 (8:20am) PST
This is simply perfect. Utterly perfect
(@lorenzo) Lorenzo Cassina said:February 22nd, 2012 (5:20am) PST
I took me a while to vote on this image uncertain about the placement, but have to admit it grew on me and it's a superb shot with a 10. Congrats "big Stephen."
(@aolivera) Adrian Olivera said:February 21st, 2012 (7:05pm) PST
(@Darv) Darvin Atkeson said:February 21st, 2012 (3:40pm) PST
Impressive shot. I was going to give the single owl a 10 but how could I justify that when I saw this one? Perfection! 10 all the way.
(@stephenoachs) Stephen W. Oachs said (72dpi Admin):February 21st, 2012 (2:39pm) PST
These are all females Rueb...LMAO!
(@BrianRueb) Brian Rueb said:February 21st, 2012 (1:48pm) PST
THat one on the left looks like you just mucked up his shot at an owl three way....way to go selfish bastard.
(@RCD6875) Bob Duff said:February 21st, 2012 (7:58am) PST
Most excellent. Especially having the three of them together like that. Those eyes....are really special.
(@TCrews) Thomas.Henry Photographs said:February 21st, 2012 (7:24am) PST
What a fabulous shot Stephen! Light, composition, depth, content 10 10 10 10!
(@AaronSmith) Aaron Smith said:February 20th, 2012 (8:06pm) PST
Amazing shot! Grats.
(@Wizard-of-Wonders) Paul w Sharpe said:February 20th, 2012 (6:45pm) PST
Congrats on getting all 3 to have eyes front all at the same time.
Have been down there 3 times over the last couple of weeks, the light was amazing the first morning and the grass and logs were covered in frost. I'll up load a few pics.
(@Nvivienne) Vivienne Shen said:February 20th, 2012 (5:08pm) PST
I love their eyes. I wouldn't change that one on the left for anything. That glare gives this an almost human quality.
(@EastWind) Gary L Fua said:February 20th, 2012 (3:33pm) PST
Stunning image, Stephen! Love it!
(@stephenoachs) Stephen W. Oachs said (72dpi Admin):February 20th, 2012 (3:30pm) PST
LOL David, I guess. Just a bit of luck with three together, and positioned well. I only wish I could have hiked out and "adjusted" them for even better placement...if so I would have raised the chin on the left one...his head angle makes him look a little peeved ;)
(@davidrichter) David Richter said:February 20th, 2012 (3:18pm) PST
Knocking it out of the park, eh?
(@adunn) Tony Dunn said:February 20th, 2012 (3:08pm) PST
Amazing image! I can rarely find a single owl... three together is fantastic. And they are perfectly posed!
(@patsampson) pat sampson said:February 20th, 2012 (2:36pm) PST
Superb capture. Great detai and clarity as well as pose, perch and eye contact...
(@stephenoachs) Stephen W. Oachs said (72dpi Admin):February 20th, 2012 (2:21pm) PST
Thanks El :)
(@Ellie) Ellie Stone said:February 20th, 2012 (2:19pm) PST
This is Saaweeeet! Loving their perfect "V" placement, like a well composed portrait =)

Stephen W. Oachs

In early 2012, I headed up to Canada in search of Snowy Owls as I had heard in the news that they had flown south for the winter in unusually large numbers.

The news was right, they were easy to find and, on a couple occasions, I found them hanging out together. Likely up to no good as all I got were evil glares ;)

Wildlife photography is a tricky thing...sometimes you set out thinking "I'm going to shoot wildlife", and have no idea what you might see. Other times you say "I'm going to Canada to shoot Snowy Owls..." but it's not like landscape photography, where you think "I'd like a nice sunset over the Grand Canyon..." and you can somewhat visual the end result. Wildlife photography doesn't work that way, you go with the flow and even though I recently went to Canada thinking "I'd like to photography Snowy Owls..." I never imagined I'd come home with an image like this. I love the thrill of wildlife photography :)

Uploaded: Feb 20th, 2012 (2:01pm)
Category: Wildlife/Animals
GPS: Lat: 49.01795, Lon: -123.04335
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Focal Length: 800 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 320 sec
ISO: 800

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