Taking a close-up of nature can be a challenge. The key is to make sure your camera is mounted on a tripod to lessen camera shake and noise in the final image. The photo here was taken with the camera mounted on a tripod. I used the lowest aperature on my lens to blur the background (an effect known as bokeh). Without blurring the background the green Pine tree needles would have blended into the background, resulting in a confusing and ordinary image.
I decided to shoot from the top of the young Pine tree rather than from the side, which is the more common image of younger trees. The resulting image was then sharpened in a photo software program to enhance the saturation, slight increase in shadows, and a decrease in highlights. The image was not cropped, as it appears here just as it was framed in the camera. Keep in mind the rule of thirds when composing nature, it is still a great rule to follow the majority of the time.
Remember to look at all angles of your subject, rather than just the first one. Walk around the subject, look down, go low, go high, don’t settle on one view only. The unique image may not be the one that is taken from the traditional angle. Keep your eyes open to the many possibilities for close-up photographs of nature.