I set out in the morning with a shot similar to this in mind. As I drove along the road that I had in mind the shot was not coming together but I saw a mountain that I could hike up to get a good shot. As I started hiking through the trees I found a small game trail to follow up the mountain. I was scrambling up the mountain and I was running out of time to find a good position, but luckily I found this spot just as the first rays were hitting the top of the mountain.
This was shot with my 70-200mm lens and a 3 stop LEE graduated filter.