Not finding a point of interest
Photos can end up looking like snapshots if you don’t give them a focal point. If there are too many elements in a picture that aren’t working in harmony, the viewer’s eyes will wander around the shot looking for something to latch onto. One technique is to use the ‘rule of thirds’ to position the subject – this is particularly effective when the focal point is small in the frame. Another trick is to frame a shot so that there’s an odd number of elements, as this tends to result in a more balanced composition.
The original shot may tick some of the boxes, with its rule of thirds and leading lines, but there’s no focal point, and the patch of grass on the right is distracting. The real interest is in the sky, so the shot was reframed to make the most of this