This is a painterly image, with no software ‘paint’ effects added. Thousands of photographers have been attracted to the contrast of white birch or aspen trunks against a deeper forest background–you see them all the time in galleries, magazines and calendars. Should that familiarity stop you from trying? Of course not. Take the photograph’s that attract you, even if it means copying another person’s idea. But don’t stop there. Explore the scene for different compositions and better perspectives. Try some new techniques, break a few rules. Who knows what you may come up with?