|Quoting Linco22 (Reply 3):|
I'll be back next summer and the sun better be out!
Don't wait for the summer - the best light for photography is from now to March. Having said that, in cloudy conditions you may be pretty stuffed, but the low lighting really enhances most images, in my opinion.
Let's face it, it is going to be a lottery whatever time of year you have a trip scheduled. You have my complete sympathy
On the issue of in-camera exposure compensation, I would favour not purposely overexposing, and just leave the work to be done in editing. I think the danger of overexposing highlights outweighs getting a brighter original. But that's a very personal viewpoint. The RAW shooters will have a different comment at this point.
I would have to agree that the light on the original image you posted is just too flat, so the photo does need a 'kick' in editing. But even then acceptance is not guaranteed.
All the best.