This is the reason I expose for the sky. The first picture is as taken. Hugely underexposed foreground and the sky exposed fairly well. Second photo is with D-lighting Better quality Shadows - 70 Highlights - 1 Color Boost - 60 1 color control point on the sky Size - 30% Saturation - 60 Brightness - (-70) If I had exposed for the trees the sky would have been solid white (I took a few like this). Even when adjusting in Capture NX, the fixing the sky when it is completely washed out looks horrible. Exposing for the sky and using D lighting to bring out underexposed sections really makes the photo pop I think. Some may argue that the sky is too dark in the second, but I like the stormy feel it gives.