Thanks Alan thats very kind of you. I have found people on this board to be very pleasant and helpful.
I know there are other ways to do the same thing but I wanted to exlpore different options and see which one worked best for me. I just couldnt seem to figure this one out.
As luck would have it there has only been one sunset of note since I asked the question. Just grey skies and finally several days of blessed rain that we really need.
I recieved a free copy(imagine that)of Photoshop with a new Dell computer in '95 and never could figure it out. Im thinking seriously of trying out Lightroom though as soon as I get my new computer finished.
Thanks again to everyone who replied. Everyones input has been valuable as it reminds me of old techniques I used to use with film that I dont think of using with digital. Wow I've just been out of the loop too long.