I thought about this for awhile, and came up with all sorts of possible answers. I could talk about equipment (and how it isn't important), or great light, or contrast, or composition, or any number of other things. But those things aren't necessarily the most important topic to discuss if I can only discuss one.
The one piece of advice that I'd give is to keep it simple. Don't include too many different items in the frame. Move closer! Make the point of the photograph obvious. A clear and concise image is almost always stronger than a complex one.
|Wheat Grass - Tehachapi, California|
Notice how this photograph is simple with no distractions.
So make the point of the photograph obvious. Cut out of the frame anything that distracts from that point. Keep it simple.