My original idea to photograph the beacon and stars together(similar to this beautiful shot) turned out to be a bust so before the sun came up I was determined to find something to make my visit worth it. I walked around this damn lighthouse 3 to 4 times before settling on a few perspectives and this one turned out the best.
Shooting at this time of day can be very frustrating due to the low light environment. I wanted to shoot at an aperture around f/8 or so but with a light wind and bracketing this becomes difficult. A smaller f-stop would help with quicker shutter speeds but sharpness throughout the scene becomes an issue because of the shallow depth of field. Additionally my Sigma 10-20 did an awful lot of hunting too boot, eventually I found the proper focus I set the lens to manual and banged out 3 brackets.
In post I exported my 3 shots into Photomatix and after making a couple of adjustments to several sliders I hit the save and re-import button. Now the fun begins…. After playing with the clarity slider and the brightness adjustment brush I sent a copy to Topaz Adjust 5. Adjust 5 saves the last setting used and immediately loved the result. Wish I could tell you the settings but I imported back to lightroom to finish off the shot by adjusting the hue in the sky. This is the result, I hope you enjoy it.