Night photography is tough! The scene doesn’t compel me forward, like you would expect leading lines to do. Perhaps the bottom half of the image is too dark in general. There are a lot of tiny spots of things strewn throughout the image (stars, clouds, jetstreams, lights, light reflections, pockets of light on the rail of the pier, black specs in the water). It would do good to clean things up leaving only what is important to the subject perhaps? It’s good that there’s no merging between the pier and the land on the horizon, but after shooting this one I may have tried a shot where elements of the pier were protruding above the horizon to help break up the half-and-half composition.
@jamesstaddon, it’s amazing what a little time will do! I haven’t looked at this image in a couple of weeks.
When I shot it, I thought it was amazing, but now I’m getting that meh feeling when I look at it. You’re right, there are a lot of little tiny distractions, but not a very strong subject… that’s a problem I have a lot of.
I have a shot I took of the pier earlier that evening… perhaps it would look better as there aren’t nearly as many stars and not nearly as much light pollution. I’ll revisit the forum and post it.