Proponents of digital cameras talk about how much latitude digital photography has compared to slide film. This is, in fact, true - but it is true for the shadow areas. At most, when it comes to highlights, a one f/stop overexposure is all you get before there is a total loss of detail. Furthermore, if you are shooting in JPEG mode, this will be less. JPEG has even less tolerance for overexposure than shooting in RAW. If you shoot in JPEG, your chances of holding detail in the highlights are not very good.
To bring back this detail, I opened the picture in Photoshop and selected the overexposed concrete with the magic wand tool. I then feathered the edge of the selection one pixel (Select > feather) so its edge would be softened.
The way I eliminated the color change was to use Image > adjustments > hue/saturation. I was still working with the selected area of the concrete, so I moved the saturation slider bar to the left, decreasing color saturation. The yellow/orange bias disappeared, and in its place, I was able to bring back the gray tones of the concrete (see photo HC-2).
Shooting in RAW will give you a fighting chance of bringing back that detail.
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Jim Zuckerman
In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.
For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, I’d project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.
I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.
For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.