Decided to peek in and say hello. Been busy with travel and work.....I'll still be more OFF than ON.
This is an old take. I struggled with getting this Verto right - 2 failed attempts. Finally on my 3rd attempt and I used more of layer masking + light painting to transition close edges
HDR for the boat - face. The rest is processed via CS3 - blending mode of 2 exp for the sky . single exp for the rocks and some light painting.
BTW, the boat is about 2.5 / 3 feet in height, not as big as it looks here.