Sometimes you have to work with what nature provides. So whilst on holiday in Devon a couple of weeks ago, I had to accept that photographing this iconic location during the 'golden hour' at the end of the day wouldn't be possible because that time of day coincided with a high tide which would have cut off my retreat from the beach.
To catch the tide running up to the rocks whilst allowing me time to get away safely meant I had to be in position around 6PM. At this time and looking straight toward the sun (although its out of the frame) meant having to use a 3 stop soft ND grad plus a 1 stop hard ND grad to equalize exposure between the rocks and the sky.I also used a polarizing filter to cut down reflections. Still I am not unhappy with the result but please let me know what you think.