The Peeples vs. Jay Dour (POTD 05/16/05)

© Eric Highfield

The Peeples vs. Jay Dour (POTD 05/16/05)

Leanne M.E. Boyd 4/28/2005 12:53:02 AM

This is so cool, Eric and Sandra! Excellent shot! #242108

Michael McCook 4/28/2005 6:29:52 AM

This is such a great shot. I really like what you've captured here. Wonderful composition! #1299835

Eric Highfield 4/28/2005 9:40:41 PM

Thanks so much Leanne & Michael! #1302128

Karen Beri 4/29/2005 5:57:36 AM

I love this!!!Great work Eric and Sandra :) #1303101

Sharon Day 4/29/2005 7:15:53 AM

Fantastic image, Eric!!! Very creative and well done! #1303385

cj patterson 4/29/2005 7:17:26 AM

terrific image!!! love the composition and the humor here!! title and narrative is too funny!!! #1303389

Eric Highfield 5/1/2005 12:44:07 AM

Thank you very much, Karen, Sharon, & CJ! #1307939

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 5/16/2005 12:10:30 AM

This is incredible!! So original and cute, congratulations on your photo of the day win!! #1355926

Mary K. Robison 5/16/2005 12:13:46 AM

Very clever and amusing image! Congratulations on POTD! #1355931

Humayun Rizwan 5/16/2005 12:23:55 AM

GREAT shot :-) Congratualtions on POTD #1355948

S J 5/16/2005 12:23:59 AM

Splendid image, Eric!! Many Congratulations on your POTD!! #1355949

Muneer T. Al-Awami 5/16/2005 12:26:17 AM

great image #1355951

Carolyn J. Connolly 5/16/2005 12:38:29 AM

Eric and Sandra - congratulations on your most deserved Photo Of The Day for this great image!! :-) It's a VERY well thought out and executed posting!! ;-) #1355968

Susie Peek-Swint 5/16/2005 12:38:45 AM

Very funny and creative ~ congrats on potd! #1355970

Swapnali Mathkar 5/16/2005 12:38:56 AM

Congrats! Great Photo.
I am curious to know where did you get this shot?

Swapnali #1355971

Karen Engelbreth 5/16/2005 12:47:35 AM

Fantastic - congrats on your POTD, Eric and Sandra! #1355992

Ali 5/16/2005 1:20:51 AM

Eric and Sandra, Fantastic, well done on this stunning great work.

One question: Do you have a color version of this photo? I know it may not be as beautiful as this but just for curiosity.

Well Done again and good luck in other beautiful shots coming.

Judy S. Fung 5/16/2005 1:32:27 AM

Congrats on your POTD, Eric and Sandra! #1356061

Tammy McAllister 5/16/2005 1:50:50 AM

Congratulations on a great POTD Eric and Sandra!
Tootles #1356089

Patty Razonable 5/16/2005 2:29:52 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful image as POTD!!! #1356140

Allan L. Whitehead 5/16/2005 3:09:46 AM

Eric and Sandra, congratulations on this marvelous POTD selection. It is very richly deserved, my very dear friends - your good friend, Allan #1356212

Allan L. Whitehead 5/16/2005 3:09:46 AM

Eric and Sandra, congratulations on this marvelous POTD selection. It is very richly deserved, my very dear friends - your good friend, Allan #1356213

Diane Dupuis 5/16/2005 3:13:03 AM

Congrats on your POTD! It's great! #1356221

Kari Høglund 5/16/2005 3:23:42 AM

What a shot! WOW!!! #1356250

Wally Orlowsky 5/16/2005 3:26:33 AM

Congratulations on this creative and well-executed POTD!!!! #1356255

Ed Heaton 5/16/2005 3:26:41 AM

Great capture guys!
Very nicely done... congrats on POTD! #1356256

Laura Clay-Ballard 5/16/2005 3:50:09 AM

This is so cute. Great photo. I can see commercial possibilities with this one! congrats on potd! #1356344

Donna W. Neal 5/16/2005 4:07:45 AM

Congratulations on POTD now one question I have to ask did you create this photo digitally or did it really happen this way? #1356393

Debra Booth 5/16/2005 4:32:48 AM

Congrats on this wonderful POTD, Eric and Sandra! #1356515

Charles Granger 5/16/2005 4:33:56 AM

Creative PS work, Nicely done. #1356521

Blanca Acosta 5/16/2005 4:37:41 AM

one of the best photos i've ever seen in my life! #1356541

Jack Nevitt 5/16/2005 4:49:46 AM

Wow, that's really funny. I love it. #1356590

Michael McCook 5/16/2005 4:57:40 AM

Congrats on your POTD, I knew I'd see this one again! #1356646

Sharon Sermons 5/16/2005 5:01:11 AM

The photo is great but the Title is priceless , Please keep up the good work. GREAT JOB
sharon-Douglas GA #1356665

Mary L. Graham 5/16/2005 5:06:59 AM

congrats on your potd, beautiful job I love it but one question how did you get them all to pose so nicely for you lo! #1356707

Annie 5/16/2005 5:08:23 AM

Great photo. Reminds me of the Brady Bunch squares when everyone is looking at Alice in the middle. #1356717

Many Feathers 5/16/2005 5:09:13 AM

Fantastic shot!!! I, too, would like to know how you got it...just watching. Or if it is PS'd a little... :-)

MF #1356723

Annie 5/16/2005 5:09:20 AM

Great photo. Reminds me of the Brady Bunch squares when everyone is looking at Alice in the middle. #1356724

Jan Day 5/16/2005 5:39:34 AM

Nice Photoshop creation! #1356904

Jeff Lovinger 5/16/2005 5:40:28 AM

Congratulations on your POTD. Very well done, great work !!!!!! #1356909

Eric Highfield 5/16/2005 5:43:19 AM

Well, first of all, I'd like to thank all of the little "Peeples" that made this image possible... lol
Thanks everyone, for your very generous Feedback! This is a digital compilation of 7 or 8 photos and did indeed require extensive digital manipulation, and was entered in the Digital Art category on this website.
All the photos of the Chipping Sparrows where shot on the fence in our backyard from our home in Bracebridge Ontario, some were used more than once, but I tried to make minor changes to the head angle or feather patterns on each one to help keep a little uniqueness to each bird. The Blue Jay was shot on top of the fence, and is actually much larger in comparison to the "Peeples" than depicted here (I had to make him fit in the lattice work).
Above is a colour version of the photo. I went with Black & White as it seemed that without the distraction of colour, it put greater focus on the composition and design elements of the image.
Thanks again everyone!
- Eric. #1356923

Eric Highfield 5/16/2005 5:45:12 AM

oops... HERE is the colour version. #1356931

Sharon Day 5/16/2005 5:50:17 AM

Big congratulations on POTD for this fun image, Eric!!! Great job! #1356946

Lori Carlson 5/16/2005 6:08:07 AM

AMAZING work! This is just a delightful way to begin a Monday!! CONGRATULATIONS!! #1357009

Penny Steiner 5/16/2005 6:09:26 AM

Congratulations on unique of PS and the correct exposures to put this all together. It deserves POTD. #1357020

Jane Sampson 5/16/2005 6:12:16 AM

Love an image that puts a smile on my face! #1357036

Debbi Smirnoff 5/16/2005 6:26:48 AM

Great imagination!!! Wonderful idea! I love it!!
Debbi #1357105

Deanna Cathcart 5/16/2005 6:30:45 AM

Very funny. Congrats on photo of the day - It was nice to get a good laugh first thing this morning. :) #1357128

Marie Fields 5/16/2005 6:51:26 AM

Terrific image, Eric and Sandra! Very creative and well executed! Congratulations!!! #1357231

Michelle R. Kovach 5/16/2005 6:52:44 AM

Very funny! Excellent PS work! Congrats on POTD Eric & Sandra!
Have a great day!
Michelle #1357235

Tuija Helena Suhonen 5/16/2005 7:12:24 AM

WOW! Great photo! And so funny! :-) Thanks for making me smile after a hectic day at work :-)

Tuija S from Finland

Patricia A. Kuniega 5/16/2005 7:23:34 AM

LOL! Wonderful Eric! Your sense of humor, infinite creativity and patience are at it again! : ) #1357324

Robert N. Valine 5/16/2005 7:42:14 AM

I would say this Jay is just a wee bit outnumbered. Interesting and creative photo. Congats on the POTD ! #1357382

Wendy Stevenson 5/16/2005 7:57:15 AM

Congratulations on this AWESOME POTD!!!!! #1357437

Cathy Barrows 5/16/2005 8:02:31 AM

Congrats on your POTD...great work #1357461

Kathy Zinn 5/16/2005 8:24:26 AM

Oh my gosh! This is too funny. I too thought of the Brady Bunch.

Thanks for getting my Monday morning (and week) off to a great start.


Pamela K 5/16/2005 8:28:40 AM

This is excellent, Eric!! Congrats on your well deserved POTD!!! I love the way you have all
their little heads pointing straight at the jay!

Pam #1357554

Suzanne Yelverton 5/16/2005 8:33:15 AM

Great picture. Changing it to black and white really made a positive differece. Took away the color distraction and focused on the design of the photo. Good manipulation of your chippers! Thanks for taking time to describe how this was accomplished. I am just a learner and so am always interested in how these wonderful photos were done. #1357583

Kay Beausoleil 5/16/2005 9:06:30 AM

Truly impressive -- congratulations on your POTD, Eric! Convinced your multiple birds were a manipulation, I checked and found that though many had curiously similar markings, they were all subtily different, so I got unconvinced. Thanks for telling us the real story, and a WOW for the wonderful work you did. And your B&W shift was a great choice, too. #1357738

JEAN BINDELS 5/16/2005 9:45:45 AM

I absolutely love it! #1357928

Mellanie 5/16/2005 9:51:55 AM

This is just awesome, Eric! Congrats on your POTD! #1357945

Jacqueline C. Harmon 5/16/2005 9:53:25 AM

congradulations guys! great work!your very talented indeed!jacqueline #1357949

Scott Pedersen 5/16/2005 10:48:36 AM

This is a great shot. Excellent job of setting it up. #1358098

Haryo 5/16/2005 11:19:19 AM

perfect PS, very very creative...good job #1358168

Vik Orenstein 5/16/2005 11:44:04 AM

this shot made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!!! thanks for the wonderful chuckle! I must say, though, I like the color version --the jay's blue head makes him look even more "odd man out" compared the the little brown sparrows, so it adds to the story, rather that being a distraction. but I seem to be in the minority on this viewpoint. in any case, congrats on a well-deserved POTD! #1358261

Sandy Driscoll 5/16/2005 1:26:24 PM

Thanks so much for explaining how you did this! It is just amazing and fun and so terrific.......a big smiley of the day! Congrats on a perfect POTD! #1358576

C, William Dunsay 5/16/2005 2:47:28 PM

I too think this is a great composition. I love the design aspect. I think they're equally as good in Black and White or Color for the affect they produce. #1358676

Virginia L. Shuford 5/16/2005 2:52:27 PM

I love this shot and appreciate you sharing how it was composed. I am continuously inspired by the creativity of the members of the Better Photo community and this is a prime example. These kinds of images help me think about new ways of making pictures. Thank you and congrats! Virginia #1358689

Claudia Kuhn 5/16/2005 4:48:36 PM

Eye catching and very cleverly done Eric, congrats on your potd!! #1359068

Kathleen Peterson 5/16/2005 6:11:58 PM

I think this might be one of the best photos I've seen here. It is an awesome image! The 'rule of thirds' plays well here. #1359313

Peggy Wolff 5/16/2005 6:12:23 PM

Absolutly incrediable! What a shot, I hope to see this as a big winner! #1359315

Audrea Telkamp 5/16/2005 6:55:21 PM

Congratulations Eric and Sandra!! Amazing work - as usual!! #1359427

Dawn Penso 5/17/2005 4:13:33 AM

Great shot1 Tell us how you got the birds to pose for you.. I have a couple of blackbirds in my garden

omneya 5/17/2005 6:39:20 AM

pretty nice,ihow did they all look in the same direction.was there a trick or was it luck??? #1360955

Pu Chen 5/17/2005 12:03:39 PM

Great job, Eric! And thanks for your explainations. Although both come out very nice, I like the color version a bit better. Congratulations! #1362039

Eric Highfield 5/17/2005 5:42:01 PM

Thanks everyone for such a warm response! It sure makes the effort worth while.

It seems to be pretty even on the colour vs black & white, so I'll probably make both versions available.

Dawn and Omneya, this is a composite of several photos, and was subject to extensive modification to create the story (several hours of work at the computer). More details are in my earlier response. Thanks again everyone! - Eric #1362910

SHILOH SCHMELZ 5/24/2005 3:57:31 PM


Eric Highfield 7/12/2007 10:24:30 AM

Thanks Shiloh! Sorry I missed this, my notifications must not be working!

Eric. #4501030

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