One of the lighthouses along our stop up the coast from Boston to Maine was Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. We did get to shoot this one around 9:30AM, which wasn't the best light, but not the worst either.
Pemaquid has these rocks in the foreground which make for excellent composition elements. From the angle I shot this, there was no waves crashing onto the rocks, so I did not want to use a 10 stop ND filter here, since there really was no movement anyways. I did use a circular polarizer, however to cut some glare off of the foreground rocks and enhance some of the colors.
When composing This image, I simply wanted to include as much of the foreground rock as I could, so I picked a spot in the rocks that had lines that lead you into the lighthouse and jammed my lens as close to it as I could while laving the lighthouse in the upper third of the frame.
I created this image with my Canon 5D III, Tamron 15-30mm lens and Vu Filter system. All resting atop my Sirui W-2204 tripod.