I wanted to bring the focus back to the person by cropping closer to him. I cropped at an angle so the person would be straight up, rather than angled. I cleared the haze in the picture so his face is more clear.
I wanted to cut out the excess picture around the flag. I also wanted to highlight the detail of the colors and shapes inside of the flag. The bricks are also more vibrant.
I always associate winter snow with brightness, and I wanted that brightness to be reflected in my picture. I also brightened the color green of the leaves.