Any change of shift should come with a status report from the previous shift that would include: weather, traffic, navigation and any standing watch orders. Barring that, your shift, your call. You made the call to alter course a few hundred yards, at most, to avoid a questionable in your mind hazard. Those greens are off every " point" on that dark shoreline...no harm, no foul. Could you have cut the corner safely..probably. But by leaving it to port, you made the safest choice.
When I left Port Jeff, this July headed west toward the East River, we were in patchy fog most of the way. Those greens are critical nav aids. Last year in the chesapeake, I watched someone run aground trying to cut the corner at Bloody Point..