Sprinkler Fun!

I’m so excited to share this post with you I can hardly stand it!  I did a session a while back for a client of mine who wanted some shots of her daugher playing in the sprinkler.  I was so pleased with how the shots turned out I knew my summer couldn’t come to an end without getting some of my own kids in the same setting.  So here you go…some fun sprinkler shots of my own kiddos.  Oh, and thank you to my neighbors and good friends Bill and Pat for letting me use their yard, sprinkler, and water!  You guys are the best.   I’m sorry about the muddy mess we made in your yard.  And to you other photographers who want some lighting tips on how to get these shots, just read at the end of the post.  I’ll try to share some other tips in future posts as well.

You wouldn’t be a normal kid if you didn’t try and sit on the sprinkler water!  I think we’ve all done it!

I was getting so darn hot taking these I had to get in a few for myself.  And Kudos to my dear husband for taking these next 4 shots!  You did great Wes!

Photography Tip:  These were take in the morning (about 9:30am) with the sun to the kids’ backs.  I used 2 Canon Speedlights, one on camera and one to camera right, with no difussion.  I also had a darker background of trees for the backlit water and subjects to stand out against.  I used my 70-200mm f2.8mm L lens to keep far enough away to avoid getting wet but still able to get up close shots.  ISO 200 f/5.6 1/200ss.  Everything was edited in Lightroom 3.0.


  1. Christina said . . .

    Thanks for the photog tips! I love this set and wondered how you got the lighting like that. I just got my speedlight so this is great advice on how to use it in a setting like that.

    Posted July 31, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Jill said . . .

    WOW! Those are so fun!!! I love the ones with you in them! What a great memory captured. Good job!

    Posted July 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  3. megan said . . .

    These were excellent. And thanks for the tips. I So enjoy your work.

    Posted July 31, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  4. Kiana said . . .

    These were inspired. Nice job and thanks for sharing your technique!

    Posted July 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Michelle said . . .

    Who new fun could look so good (and refereshing)! :)

    Posted July 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
  6. Mom said . . .

    Great pictures! They left me with a smile and a glad heart! Happy to see you enjoying the fun,too.

    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  7. Katherine said . . .

    These are so awesome Jen!

    Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  8. Steven Lundberg said . . .

    In full sun I’m assuming two 580EX? I was wondering if you chose to shoot in ETTL, or if not, what manual settings you used under such bright lighting conditions. We have a new water park here in Manhattan, and I’ve been meaning to get out and try some of this sort of thing. Fabulous results Ms. Fields, thanks for sharing.

    Posted August 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  9. J.Fields said . . .

    Steven, I did use 2 580 EX’s. I just realized after the fact that the 580 on my camera was turned off from a previous shoot so it wasn’t even firing. I was surprised at how pleased I was with the lighting from just one flash in the full sun. I’ve done it both ways though (with both flashes firing too) and I like it both ways. I shot ETTL.

    Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  10. Sandra said . . .

    I’m sure someday your kids will be glad that you captured this. GREAT pictures!

    Posted August 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

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  1. By jfieldsphotography.com » Mother & Daughter Album on August 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    [...] just as much fun.  The sprinkler pictures from this session are what inspired me to take some sprinkler shots of my own kids.  The first image in the series is the cover (it shows the back and front of the album).  [...]

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