I'd forgotten to turn my alarm off and this morning, at 04:30, the thing went off waking both me and (much to her annoyance) my partner... Oooops!
Anyway, wide awake, I decided to make good use of the time and popped out to Dartmoor with my camera. I've been meaning to visit this location known locally as Windy Post Cross for some time. The granite cross lies at the confluence of two ancient man-made leats about three miles to the west of the town of Princetown. It was pitch black when I arrived at the nearest car park to the cross, about a mile and a half distant, still, I decided to push on and get there before sunrise. Dartmoor is one of those strange places; featureless (pretty much) and bleak at the best of times and if you don't have any local knowledge you can quickly find yourself in life-threatening situations as some of the bogs, or 'mires' as they are known are hidden under layers of tussock grasses and moss and are deep enough to swallow you without trace.
The cross itself stands between seven and eight feet in height and is one of three on the moor erected in around 1400CE. At that time in the morning after a beautifully clear night, sunrise on the moor can be stunning and this morning was exceptional. I took this image with a Nikon D800 in manual mode (the only way to go TBH) with a Nikon 14-24mm ultra-wide angle lens with an enormous Fotodiox 'Wonderpana' 10 stop filter and the exposure time was 10 secs at f/2.8 ISO 100.
I hope you like it...