It's that time of year, the smell of cinnamon, pine and classic Christmas music that you bring you back to your youth. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there is no denying that in the month of December, between the bitter cold days , stress of shopping and fighting for parking spots that we all feel that cozy holiday cheer.
First things first, composition, composition, composition. This is the most important aspect of your image. I am not going to lecture on this right now, you can google "photography composition" and learn a ton, but I will point out some of the basic principles that I follow religiously.
Now yes, this is an extreme example, but even just focusing on the image of the women in the water, imagine if the horizon was centered cutting right through the middle of the image and she was centered as well, I can promise you that there would be no comparison. I advise you to google rule of thirds and click on images and look at all the many great examples of how this simple rule can change how your images look forever.