One of the time honored rules of photography is to keep things simple. Here's a good example of that.
I went up to a frozen lake north of Denver on a beautiful winter day. The air was clear and crisp, and there was not a sound to be heard other than the crunching of snow under my boots.
So how do I convey that feeling to the viewer? I chose a wide angle lens to accentuate distance, placed the tops of the trees using the rule of thirds, and waited for a cloud formation to move into a position that I thought would be interesting. More than that, though, I kept the composition simple essentially using just three elements (snow, trees and sky) to tell the story.