This past weekend, I had the opportunity to ride along with a Medevac crew to take pictures of their new aircraft (an S76 C). I have a Nikon D80 and was using the NIKKOR 10.5mm fisheye for the pictures I took in the cabin of the helicopter. As far as the weather conditions, I was shooting during the morning and mid day of a sunny day with no clouds.
One of the situations I found myself in was during the flight, trying to get the right balance of light in the aircraft (so that it was bright enough to see the inside) without blowing out the view through the windows. I've attached two examples of what I'm talking about.
f/10, 1/160, ISO-320, no flash. This one is an example where I was able to capture the view outside the cabin, but in doing so, made it way too dark inside.
f/5, 1/250, ISO-400, no flash. This one has better lighting in the cabin, but as you can see, the view out the windows is completely blown out.
My question is, what could I have done differently so that the cabin is better lit, but not at the expense of losing the view out the window (i.e. should I have used settings closer to what I did for the dark cabin picture, but also used flash? Or is it just an unfortunate back lit situation where there is no good answer?