Inyo National Forest is about 10-15 miles west of the Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, California.
Single exposure captured on a 70-200mm lens plus 2X teleconverter. Adjusted in Adobe Lightroom. I have a tighter version that looks really good, but I like how in a thumbnail or at a distance the trees seem to float against the dark background, then as you look closer the background has more detail. Wider compositions like this also have more room for text. My workshop clients often laugh when I tell them to intentionally capture a composition that leave room for the magazine title and articles, but unless you intentionally do that, you disqualify your own images from consideration as editors look for appropriate images every month.
I saw these two trees catching light, but I envisioned a better, simpler composition, so I changed shooting location to arrange the elements of the composition better and to move some distracting ones out of the way.