Once a year the Pigeon Point lighthouse fires up its huge fresnel lens to celebrate its birthday. Hundreds of photographer were lined up on the grounds of the lighthouse, nervously fiddling with their camera settings and the anticipation was building over the hours they waited for the 6pm lighting of the beam. When the light finally came on, they kept it stationary for 5 minutes for the photographers to get their shot, then the lens started rotating.
I felt privileged to be there, especially since this might have been
the last time they do this: apparently the lighthouse is slowly
disintegrating and major repairs are needed.
I got one decent shot out of this, but the experience was worth it.
I waited 4 hours, but some had waited 7 to scout the place. The most amazing thing was the stars that were clearly visible behind the rays of the fresnel lens.