Here's a bit of advice I got that I don't understand.
By exposing for the light rocks (the brightest part of the photo) you insure that there are no blown highlights or hotspots, you can then usually bring up the shadows in post processing. . . . In most situations it is best to expose for the highlights,
That advice seems to go against everything I've read, which is to expose for the medium tones. I had asked if shooting early in the day would have made a difference and they said no.
Here's the photo if anyone wants a visual reference of what brought about the comments.