Life with two bloodhounds and a basset hound in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana.
Somewhere in your Nikon menu there is an exposure adjustment. I learned it from Bayfield Al and have mine set to -3. It really helps on bright Sunny days and does not mess up cloudy days. I also use a circular polarizer when outside an a bright day. Otherwise I keep an UV filter on to protect my lens. Just ideas from a guy who can't seem to take a good picture. On our third day of clouds and light rain or is it five, getting old anyway. Temps staying in the low to mid 50's.
Thanks for those camera suggestions, I'll give them a try. Your weather reminds me of my time living on Whidbey Island, WA.