“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”, said Robert Capa, famous photojournalist, in the 1940s.
Often, drawing attention to your subject can be effectively done through making it big.
And I mean big.
There is no mistaking what the subject is, and non-essential elements have been removed.
Try this more often than you do: yes you can do it, yes you can go close and crop off the sides, and yes, it is allowed.