A good example of problem lighting.
Sometimes the lighting is such, that it is impossible to capture what your eye is seeing.
Even knowing it will probably turn out bad .. take the photo anyway.
Sometimes you are surprised by the results ... and sometimes not.
The sky was apparently very dark with very bright breaks in the clouds. That will confuse the exposure meter and usually result in a dark photo. Very much like a "back-lit" photo.
You did a good job with PhotoShop.
The building is the important part of the photo and you pulled it out of the darkness.
If you were faced with such lighting again, you might try using "spot" metering.
Most cameras default to Center Weighted Average Metering.
But many cameras will let you set the metering to "spot" metering.
Then the camera takes its exposure information from whatever is in the center of the scene (the building). That way, the camera would ignore the extremes of lighting in that troubling sky. The sky is what really caused the problem.
You would likely still need to use PhotoShop on the sky.
Good job on saving a photograph.
A lot of history with that building.
Joe Randolph, I cannot remember if I sent this file before.
Nazi Nuremburg Olympic Stadium.
I hated to view this stadium two years ago while touring Germany and all that the stadium stood for. Across from the stadium were the former Nazi SS barracks.
Adolph Hitler used to stand at the podium and spread his doctrine.
A very gloomy, overcast day when I took this photo.
At the time, I thought my photo was going to be a disaster.
Thank God, with the help of Photoshop, the photo came out better than I expected.
My photo is not that good at all. Just as an example to show here.
Has anyone ever experienced a potential disaster while shooting in bad lighting conditions? I am sure most of us have.
How do you compensate for it with exposure settings?