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In general, you'd want to focus on a spot midway, to slightly closer than midway, between near and far objects of interest. So, if your shot includes cars 1-4 blocks away, focus on a car ~2 blocks away. You'll also want to increase your aperture so that more of your pictures are in focus. How much you can increase it depends on the amount of ambient ...
The problem with taking long exposure of illuminated subjects alongside other illuminated objects is you lose contrast with the fact it's actually quite dark. The outside of the fountain, its building, and the surrounding buildings are all far too prominent. You want the fountain to be bright. You want to everything else to look like night. I think you'd ...
While it looks like your technique was pretty good, I think I'd have experimented a bit with composition. The fountain is clearly your subject, but there's a lot going on in the background of the photo, and I think it's really distracting from your subject. Consider this scene: As in your case, there are great details in the lower part of the fountain, ...
You wanted to use the effect of long exposures. What effects of long exposure are visible in your image? Lights are blown out. For the street lamp on the right, it seems to be ok. But the neon sign is rather ugly. The name of the restaurant is hard to read. So the long exposure doesn't work on lights close to you. The fountain becomes a closed curtain, ...
Try to take the picture without the lights of the restaurant in the background. Try to take a side shot of the statue, so the bright lights of the restaurant don't show and take away the relevance of the statue. When you take the picture, think of a story in your head and try to create that story through the picture.
The building is just messy. Use it better, or lose it. Move round to your left, so as to lose the building from the background. Will that put the "starburst" effect light over or behind the statue's head? Could be interesting. Or get closer (wide-angle lens too?) and lose the fountain surround. Just have the statue and its enigmatic blurred watery ...
Apart from others said, what would really help this photo is blurred background (and the bright sign in top left would look great in such case!). I'm suspecting that you've had to close your aperture to get this long exposure time, thus it was impossible to get nice bokeh-y background. So what I would do if I wanted to get blurred water AND blurred ...
I would have come around to the left about 40 degrees and get the building out of the shot, which would also allow you to play with that street light. You could back light the statue etc.
The question to ask yourself here: what are you trying to achieve with this photo? I'd guessing what you're thinking of the fountain and the water, but the building in the background is just as dominant in this photo, and (in my opinion anyway) not particularly interesting. Try and find some way to get it out of the photo - would it be possible to move ...
If you find a way to avoid the bright sign (top left) the picture will be more balanced in sense of light. The same is true about the entire building. At least try to make it blur
The intentional blurring of the water is a nice effect. It might have been interesting to get much closer, and perhaps to shoot from a low angle, to see the effect of the lights coming through the water.
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