This photo didn’t get much editing. There wasn’t a lot I could do without obscuring the water from the sprinkler and I liked it almost as is. They were facing away from the sun so I had to do some dodging to lighten up faces. Beyond that, there was a little color correction and levels adjustment. This was another shot taken in the backyard in Riverside, CA. We were all sitting out under a tree enjoying the weather. My uncle Leo, always busy working on something, had stopped to play with his grandkids in the sprinkler. I was tempted to crop out the left side of the image but I left it in to include more of the sprinkler drops. The drops seemed to look more like weird spots in a tighter crop.
I caught grandpa sneaking a nap as we sat under a tree in the backyard enjoying the Southern California weather in Riverside. I have been fussing with this image for a long time and the exact details of the process are mostly forgotten. I can remember that I used a gradient overlay B&W conversion process (hopefully I will remember to go into detail on that process soon) and a few other techniques to attempt to boost the contrast and detail in the hat skin and clothing. Most recently I used a layer mask and added some lens blur to further obscure the background. I’m undecided on whether or not to crop the photo and in which direction… I’ll play around with it some time.