Years ago, I bought a book called Remains of Elmet. It was a book of poetry by Ted Hughes accompanied by black and white landscape photographs by Fay Godwin. One of the poems was called Open to Huge Light: it seemed a fitting title for this shot.
As for the technical stuff: it's an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image constructed from three 'exposures' of a single RAW file - the original, which was exposed for the highlight detail in the clouds, another one at 1.2 stops over, and a final one at 2.4 stops over. The biggest problem with this image was noise, but after running the tone-mapped image through Noise Ninja I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
4.36pm on 2/5/06|
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
70mm (112mm equiv.)
very minor rotation