Dusk

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I knew this was going to be a B&W photograph when I took it. What I struggled with was the type of B&W.  Last night, I  created four different versions: high key, low key, high contrast, and desaturated. Then I slept on it. This morning I looked at them again and figured out how I wanted it to look. I liked elements  in each version, and wanted to integrate them into one. For example, I liked the dramatic high key highlights, but wasn’t crazy about having the background just as bright. I liked the darker background, but wanted her to be less of a silhouette. I wanted contrast, but mostly on her. I wanted less contrast in the background. This involved different curve layers as well as some dodging, burning, and blending. Who knows? Maybe tomorrow I will decide I like the low key better (it was a toss up between this and that one) but this is the one I decided to post for now.