This was my first night photography session. I chose the pier at Goleta Beach in Goleta, California. I took several pictures of the pier with different settings to create different images.
This photo to the right was taken with a zoom effect technique I found online. In my shot, I used my Nikkor 55-200mm zoom lens with the focal length set at 55mm. While the shutter was still open, I zoomed very quickly to 200mm and then back to 55mm before the shot was complete which created the rays from the light posts on the pier. More information about the zoom effect can be found at Digital Photography School.com.