One way to create visual appeal in a photograph is to compose for minimalism in both subject and background. This also results in a very clean looking image. Sometimes the lack of visuals can create a strong visual. Nothing ruins a photograph like a busy background. In the above photo instead of showing the sky, I chose settings that totally blew out the sky creating a pure white background. This allows the old cable tower to be shown cleanly. Only part of the cable tower was put in the frame to again focus the subject matter and create a minimalist look.
The next time you go out shooting try composing for minimalism. This can be done with any subject matter.