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Bob Jarman wrote:- the leaf breaks up the negative space and spine of the leaf points toward the central subject.
Over analyzing, "Nope" ... Recognizing (balance and leading lines) "Yup".
Analysis ... "Nailed It !!!" (imo).
Besides the fact that I was too lazy to try and remove the leaf (also fearing my technical deficiencies would muck it up), it does change the dynamic of how the eye moves in the frame with it in vs. out.
I tried to approach it by leaving (no pun) it in and considering other ways to draw the eye to the subject via tonal value and color variation and sharpening (pick your tools of choice) without giving up the two points that you have done well to identify.
The thing I like about it is that your eye has a path to travel to get there ... AND ... once it gets there, it has something to study and KEEP it there. THEN, after some study of the subject (i.e. first) the eye can go searching around to study the rest of the scene, and the scene will still return the eye to the subject.
In this regard, it kinda reminds me of Scotts boots and Karens silhouetted seascape (right after she moved). They too had that "take me there", "keep me there", "let me wander" and "bring me back". Theirs aren't the only ones we've seen do this, but for me, images that can do this are very well done.
As always, S&P to taste.
Actually the true description: With the leaf "feels better" to me.