Bristlecone Pines Under the Night Sky

After being away from my camera on a special project for the past several months it was great to get out and shoot some California treasures under the night skies.  This first of three posts features the remains of some ancient Bristlecone pines high above the timberline of the eastern Sierra.  These shots were 10 second exposures at f/1.4 and ISO 3200.  Some of the images were duplicated to allow one set of processing values for the foreground subjects and another for the night sky before being remerged with its twin for the final image.  Special thanks to my brother Marc for making this shoot possible and spending the weekend with me.