@buddingphotographer thanks for the tips:) I’ll have to experiment with different settings on my camera so that photos aren’t underexposed… I’m still learning, so everything is trial and error for me!
You’re very welcome!
The likely reason that the photo was underexposed is that your camera was pointed straight into a brilliant light source. The light meter reacted violently, and shoved the exposure down to compensate. 🙂 As @jamesstaddon mentioned, this was actually not a bad thing, because the highlights were preserved! It’s much easier to recover detail from shadows than from highlights.
@joshua_ong, I really like your edit. It’s very similar to mine, but the color balance seems a little more “natural” on yours. (Of course, since I didn’t see the scene myself, it’s hard to know exactly what “natural” is. 🙂