I first tried to make this image getting on for two years ago, when I first bought a camera. I failed as I couldn't get the combination of composition and depth of field I needed using the lenses I had at the time. I'd forgotten all about it until watching Joe Cornish's new film 'With landscape in mind', in which he makes an image from this location, and which made me realise that this could be done with the tllt/shift lens I now have.
I'd imagined the rock as a bird's talon, hence the title,and this is very close to what I visualised rather a long time ago.
The good fortune of this reminder prompted me to write a blog post on this image: Musings on: being aware of the right kit
I have also written an article related to anthropomorphism in photography in Great British Landscapes magazine, issue 17.