Cropping a photo is an easy way to not only improve the composition but it can also change the mood of the photo.
Although the cropping of the photo here does not change the mood significantly it does change the perspective, which could influence the feeling the viewer gets when their eye moves around the frame. In fact the cropping may change the way the viewer’s eye travels the frame and simply by taking notice of something earlier can set the mood and change the story.
In the original version the road was centered in the frame which caused the buildings on the right to be even less noticeable. Now they appear a little larger and the viewer knows they are there. You can’t help but see them, although they are really no way the subject of the photo. Still it gives a bit of context to the photo. Perhaps the land that this road cuts through is working land. Perhaps the question comes to mind, why are they so far back from the road? Are they a working building or a home, perhaps both?
If they cropping was not as it is, there would likely be no reason to consider those buildings at all. It would have been just a road.