These shots were taken just as I was shifting from the handy-dandy Nikon D40 to a handier-dandier (and also then recently acquired) Nikon D80. I just took a quick peek at the data accompanying the exposures and saw I was shooting at 0 EV according to matrix metering - a recipe for highlights.
As the years went by I slowly learned that it was easier to take underexposed shots and play with D-Lighting and Levels when needed. I also saw the need of taking the picture to my satisfaction as soon as I clicked the shutter - too many times have I been telling myself, "That'll look better with a bit of editing." True, there is fun in editing, but there's even more fun in finishing a shot in one go.
..."do not leave off for Photoshop what you can shoot right now" (?)
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