Even though I was photographing in the early morning light, the camera could not cope with the dynamic range between the dark shadows at the base of the cliffs and the highlights of the sun in the clouds. An example:
The pictures that I made when I was at the foot of the cliffs that morning were similar, only the highlights were even more burnt out. I did not realize this had happened until I uploaded the digital files onto the computer and looked at the images on the computer screen. I eventually deleted these.