In a previous post I referred to Danny Goldfield's pictures as simple. This was a compliment! Most people have heard the expression Keep It Simple Stupid! Many photographs work best when the subject is simple and uncluttered from distracting elements. There's an old saying that a painter takes a blank canvas and adds to it until there is a painting, but a photographer takes a scene and keeps subtracting elements until there is a photograph.
The lily pond in San Diego's Balboa Park is a favorite photography subject, and for good reason. Here's one attempt I made at a photo.
When taking the picture, I concentrated on the nice arrangement of the three lilies. I didn't see the fourth lily behind, cluttering the picture, or the fifth one on the right edge, or the duck!
On another occasion, I was able to isolate one lily, and moved until the reflection of a nearby building at sunset gave the water a golden glow. Simpler, better.