Lightroom: How to darken light backgrounds?

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For flowers, usually the Dehaze slider will darken the light grey soil but often, it has no effect. Using the Highlights or Whites sliders darkens too many other areas. Contast, Exposure, Shadows, etc have too many negative effects on the rest of the image. The problem is even worse with fall shots that are full of dried out grass that can completely overpower an image. The attached image has a very whitish ground. In this case, the Brush tool just can't handle all the detail. Any suggestions for just darkening the ground? 
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Bill 

 
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Carlos Cardona

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Bring it into Photoshop and fill the background with black (after selecting it!) Or use the Brush tool and paint the background areas with -3 Exposure, -3 Black?
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Except for focus stacking, Photoshop and I have agreed to disagree. And of course, I don't want the ground to be black but just darker. Someday I'll take a Photoshop course but for now, I stick to Lightroom. 
Thanks,
Bill 
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Zigi Putnins

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could try the hsl panel and reduce luminance, and pick the ground. should darken the elements of the ground; hopefully keeping green yellow purple unaffected (not sure whats left though lol)
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Thanks, that made a significant improvement. Also creates an interesting 3D effect. I really need to spend more time with Evening's Lightroom book as I completely missed this feature of Lightroom. 
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glad it worked!
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Have you tried Lightrooms's range mask options when using the adjustment brush?
mask by color or luminance or even auto mask?