Oh, I do know what I edited, I'm just not sure what I edited it for (I also keep a history of editing steps, although not complete.) The thing with this post-process was that after converting to b&w I was surprised yet drawn to what came out and decided to enhance it rather than what I saw in the original image. I can't exactly tell what it was... it's more of an abstract, subconscious feel.
I think I understand. Sometimes when editing I already know what I want to emphasise, but oftentimes I just start fiddling around and notice something I wouldn't have thought of before and then work from that. I guess I rarely really think about what or why am I doing something. Except perhaps noise reduction; the why is fairly apparent there
Yes, that's how it works for me most of the time, too
Hmm, let me think, how much do I think when I do? I think I don't think that much either. I mostly trust intuition. I do have very clear thoughts sometimes like "okay, so, I need to do this and this to achieve that" or thoughts which give the picture a meaning, or thoughts involved in the decisions concerning the making of the image. But most of them derive from intuition, too... - given how I understand intuition: as a whole, a resultant of the unconscious activity of the brain, including feelings, unconscious knowledge, memories, holistic grasp of things, unconscious perception of some details and so on and so forth.
Even when I do more conceptual work, I give it some thought, but I try to give my intuition some time to work on it as well; intuition or unconscious mind or whatever we call it makes me almost literally see the ideas - and, more importantly, gives me the desire to make them come true, which is something harder to achieve for a bare thought process.
In this case something was there that my intuition hinted towards, but in the end I think I lost it. Maybe I'll understand what it was someday... when all the thoughts that covered it will have been cleared from my mind.
Thank you! It's a wonderful little church, very minimalist - but still giving a powerful impression. It was quite a surprise though to find out, while editing the shot, how dramatic and mysterious it can be!