Some images grow on you. I was terribly out of sorts the morning of this image. It was the dream conditions; conditions I had been waiting for for 5 years. Finally a pink dawn with a visible Buc.
However I was totally undecided on my composition. We had some 30 minutes to play with before the light got up and I fumbled around setting up in the dark multiple times with both my 150 and 90 lenses. I was not happy with any of my compositions. My sense of frustration leaked into my view of the image when I got it back and I sat on it for weeks afterwards. I had been close to throwing it out.
Fortunately I didn't. Perhaps the pain of making it (physically as well as mentally - it was freezing) paid off and pushed me into a stronger composition than I might otherwise have managed.
I used staggered hard and soft grads to balance the dark foreground better with the bright midground and background.
Technical Details: Linhof Technikardan, 90mm lens, Velvia 50, staggered neutral density filters.
Location: Rannoch Moor, Scotland