We traveled up the coast on Maine in early summer of 2016 and spent several days in Acadia National Park, which was absolutely lovely. While there, we made a quick trip down to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, because my wife loves lighthouses. We went at sunset, because I wanted a picture of the lighthouse.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

1/200 at f3.5, ISO 400

Getting a picture requires climbing down a steep staircase and then scrambling out across some rocks — and those rocks are only available to scramble to at low tide. So we actually scheduled which day we’d hit the lighthouse based on when low tide matched up with sunset (and if I’m being honest, I also scheduled the trip to make sure the two would align).

We didn’t have a particularly spectacular sunset that evening, but still got a peasant photo of the lighthouse in action — both myself and another guy standing out on a low flat rock with our tripods and water splashing up against our feet.