Today, we look at two images to see the difference that a leading line can make. They are both made up of seven vertical shots merged into one photo in Photoshop. But this post is not about panoramas.
Both panos were taken from a boardwalk that I routinely traverse on my walkabouts. It's always interesting to peer into the swamp, for that's what it is and why there is a boardwalk over it.
The first (above) provided a very pleasant view in person, but the photo lacks something.
The second (below) is a much better shot IMO.
Why, when they're so similar?
For me, the reason is that the latter shot has a focal point of interest — the frozen stream. In the top photo, nothing in particular grabs my eye.
Also, the focal point becomes a disappearing leading line which draws the eye through the frame.
A more minor point is that the tree on the left and the stump on the right seem to provide some sort of natural frame.
So, although both views were pleasant enough to appreciate when I was there, the second photo has several elements that make it much better photographically (IMO): a focal point, a leading line, and bit of a frame to help focus the eye.