Marilyn over at: http://teepee12.com/2015/12/18/backlit wrote a post about backlit scenes and the delema of photographing them. If you take enough pictures you’ll come across this situation, especially if you’re out at midday instead of the golden hour of light early in the morning or just at or after sundown. I teach my photography students to expose for detail in the highlights and then you can post process for details in the shadow areas. I’ve posted two photos of the same scene processed to give a wider tonal and detail level in the second photo. The best outcome is available to those who shoot in RAW format because you have 256 times more detail to start with, allowing for a wider latitude of adjustment.