A couple of questions for the professional photogs on here: How do you prevent the white out effect for after dark pictures? I have a basic dig camera that does not give you a lot of adjustments. My old SLR had a red pre-flash measurement that helped reduce the white glare. Any suggestions on how to reduce this in my pictures?

Heres an example of a recent pict.

next question:
When do you prefer to be out? the early morning for its softness or late afternoon for the warmness of the light?
early morn

late evening is my favorite during the golden hours before dark