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Karen, Bob, Kent
Bob, as you have seen at least one BW egret version on the BW forum, you know I like this direction. How did you darken the sky?
You're asking for recall beyond my 2 or 3 hour retention horizon
I think this is generally the sequence for the background.
Took the color re-work and converted to BW in LR. Next in HSL-Color-BW (I think the BW option) took the Blue slider all the way left, darkening blues. At that point the background was fairly ugly showing squares of tone rather than a smooth gradation. After trying other techniques with no success, I went into CS6, copied layer, and applied Gaussian Blur filter, ~10px, Multiply blend mode. Created mask, in this case I inverted to black, and using a soft brush at 10-15% opacity, brushed in the now darkened background. As an experiment, I think I tried selecting the background and darkening the mask derived from the selection but couldn't get that to work properly. I really don't know much at all about selections and derived masks, just tend to use a soft brush and apply from it.
The net effect is a nice, softly graduated background.
Think that is about it, I am sure there are many and better alternatives but the fewer options I have to get into trouble, the better off I am.