Good to see you getting in early (after joining) and posting images. I hope you, very quickly, feel a part of this forum.
I always like to see this sort of image as it gives me a sense of a place I have not visited. To that extent, it has a documentary feel to it.
You make the comment that you think you still need to work on your skills in composition. This image suggests that you have started on that journey and do have a sense of what you want to achieve. One of the challenges of this image, I believe, is that there are too many elements trying to compete.
The highway with the light trails is a major feature. But there is vegatation cutting across it and trying to compete for attention. Even a tree branch cuts into the light trails half-way up the image on the left. So, I think what is required is that you decide what your primary subject is and make sure other things to not cut across it.
I wonder what shot would have been available if you had walked across the the overpass so that the highway would have run from bottom left to top right in your image? Would you have managed to get the highway without interference from plants in front? The trees along the left-hand side, as we look at it, would then have formed the backdrop to the image. And as they would have been illuminated by the street lighting, it might have made for an interesting shot.
This is a wonderful forum in which to learn. Please keep on posting. And I hope you'll come in to make comments about images that I post.
Personally I quite like the idea of having those flowering shrubs at the bottom and I could live with the few leaves across the light trails; but it is that tall shoot on the right edge which is the real problem.
Cloning it out won't be easy though. I did consider removing the out of focus top half and 'pruning' it to a leaf just over the roof line, but although that would be better it wouldn't be a total cure. I do sometimes snip off the odd leaf or two if it makes a clearer photo and won't ruin somebody's prize plant. But don't risk anything dangerous!
The other suggestion would be a slight crop of the left edge and top to concentrate the action. You may get away with also cropping the right edge, near the first bollard, to remove the bottom half of that offending shoot and cloning out the top half. I'm not sure if it will work but it may be worth a go.
I may be wrong, but it looks like he used his flash which highlighted the shrubs. If they were in soft focus they would less distracting. I do like the flare from the lamp post.
To Colin,How about this as an alternate interpretation?
Thx for the picture frame ! I have the feeling that you have a thing for the framing of an image, if that's what you call it. )
Cheers. Means I can get the same at the same setting and similar scene.
Well, just make sure the exposure is long enough to get the stream of light and the "starburst" effect from light source (from my experience).