White Pine Portraits

We were hiking the other day right around noon. The sun was bright! I spotted a pretty white pine tree though, that was providing a good filter to the light. I started with this image:

I like this in general as a portrait, but, there was nothing that interesting about it. I wished that the pine needles and branches were more apparent as well.

So I snapped off a few small branches, and held them in front of the left side of my camera lens. It was a small change, but now these portraits definitely have more intrigue.