Solution

Create a new layer on top of the image layer, and give this new layer a fill by selecting Edit > Fill. In the dialog box that appears, choose 50% Gray from the first drop-down menu, set the Opacity to 100%, and click OK. In the Layers palette, change the mode of the layer to Vivid Light by selecting it from the drop-down menu at the top of the palette, as shown in the image below. Select the Dodge Tool (0) from the toolbar.

Selecting the Dodge Tool

With a medium-sized brush (I used one with a diameter of 80 pixels), make a stroke on the gray layer to simulate a ray of light coming down from the sky. This is illustrated below.

Ray of light

Next, use the Dodge Tool (0) along the surface of the object that is being "lit"—in this case, it's the left-hand side of the lighthouse. The image at right illustrates this.

Below, we can see the shining lighthouse compared with the original image. The dodge effect is pretty cool, if I do say so myself!

Original photo With dodge effect

Original photo With dodge effect

Final results achieved with the Dodge Tool

Final results achieved with the Dodge Tool

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