Earlier, when I checked for bracketing settings I looked at the control panel. I didn't see any. But just now, I looked through the viewfinder, and the symbol for BKT was on. Surprise.
As someone said, perhaps the -1 EV factor really helped the exposure. And thanks for the explanation of DR with digital. I guess I was looking for a boogyman and praising film without reason or justification. While driving in my car a few days ago, I heard "Mama Don't Take My Kodachrome" on the radio and couldn't get it out of my head. Ha.
As to my displeasure with the image I took, it just looked 'muddy", considering it was a bright, clear day and that smog is a thing of the past in Los Angeles. Thank you environmental laws!
The mid-day light was probably the culprit and perhaps the only remedy would have been a CP filter. But, gee, I can't figure out how that BKT factor got set. I've never used it. To those of you who suggested some remedy in PP, I've never used the computer for images. I'm running a 12-year old Mac - without the Intel CPU, so current imaging software won't run on it. I was waiting for the revision of the iMac, and will get a new one next month.
Thanks to you all. 8 months into D7000 ownership and still in Kindergarten.