This was my first time going out early-doors (see below). I left the house in the pitch black and drove to Surprise View car park in Derbyshire. It was still dark when I got there, and I thought I must be mad arriving here at this time in the morning and that there'd be no one else about.
Head torch on, I started walking to my vantage point, which took about 20 minutes. I got my gear set up and, shortly after, another photographer turned up... then another...
Needless to say I gained a lot of experience and will be putting it to good use on my next dawn shoot.
Grant robertson, sheffield