- Shutter speed - 32 sec.
- Aperture - f/9
- ISO - 100
- Lens - EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
- Focal Length - 39 mm
I have took the photo through the window, with the lights off
It looks like there are parallel light trails below each streelamp -- going down, then right, then down some more (ASCII art):
/ | | | \_ \ |
And highlighted on the original: I would guess that these are when the shutter button was pressed, tilting the camera, because only bright sources show this effect. This is in addition to the normal, more horizontal/wandering light trails. If you view full-res you can see the individual pulses of light caused by the AC power (fluorescent and similar lights used to run at twice mains frequency, but newer models like these are high frequency). These pulses are more widely spaced in the long straight of the trail, close together (they run into each other) where the camera is changing direction more slowly. I can tell these are high-frequency lights because counting the pulses at the usual 100-120Hz twice mains frequency would account for a significant proportion of your exposure time, and the windows on the opposite buildings demonstrate that this isn't the case.
Zoomed in on the pulses:
This also shows the tail light trails you'd expect, indicating that the disturbance didn't last for very much of the exposure.
The solution is to reshoot ideally with a tripod and a cable release. You can improvise for the tripod but then the cable release becomes essential (or wireless release, or self timer, just don't touch the camera). Even slamming doors can make the camera move. I'd turn off the IS - it can't help you on such long exposures, with the possible exception of vibrations through the floor.
How annoying :-) - I finished marking up a photo and now see that Chris H has done much the same but better. So I'll post this 'for completeness' but with less comment than I otherwise would have.
I saw a movement pattern similar to Chris's. This may have occurred in one motion, but the variable brightnesses along each path suggest it may have been a series of small steps with some delays between as the camera shook and settled.
Clicking on this marked up version will display the full resolution upload that allows the paths to be better seen. I have numbered the separate directions of movement from 1 to 6 but these probably occurred in the opposite order.
The finest example of motion is perhaps from the small green light in the red rectangle at upper left. There are many more examples than the ones marked.
You were lucky to get as good a result as you did in this case - the movement is MUCH larger than what is caused by typical camera shake in long exposures. While camera shake usually causes blurring you have movement of about 1/3 of the frame. You should use either a tripod OR a rock solid mount. Pressing the camera onto a solid unmoving surface can be good enough but care is needed. If using a low stability tripod or similar them movement after releasing the camera can last for many seconds. Use of a 10 second timer helps but in some cases vibration may last longer than that. If a solid tripod or other mount is available a 2 second timer pr-release is usually enough to get your hands clear of the camera and for minor movement to die out. If your camera or lens has "antishake" turn it OFF for long exposures with tripod or similar mounting. Remember to turn it on again afterwards.
Although the poster hasn't specified it, this answer assumes this picture was shot on a tripod (it looks too sharp to be hand-held, even holding the camera steady against the window).
Many claimed that this is caused by a movement of the camera. However, I believe that it is actually due to the optical stabilization (IS in Canon parlance) trying to compensate for a movement that isn't there on a tripod. The fact that the movement is very irregular, slow, then turn, then fast (the fluorescent/led light showing irregular blinking patterns) indicates that something active is going on - the simple shake after pressing the shutter button cannot explain this.
When shooting on a tripod, remember to turn off the optical stabilization (IS/VR/VC/OS or whatever it is called on your lens).
If you consider the light trails of the headlights of a vehicle, in the foreground, that appear to pass through some parked cars - it seems likely that the camera was tilted vertically during the 32 seconds the shutter was open while exposing the image (moving those trails from the parked cars up to the same place in the image that all the other vehicle lights traverse the image). This tilt would also account for the trail of the street lights - which I assume are the ones that are causing confusion.
They can be removed using an image editor (like Photshop).
They can be avoided by not moving the camera during an exposure.
I am not sure how to remove them in post but I think the reason you see those streaks of light is because your shutter speed is too low.
This looks like a case of the rolling shutter of a CMOS sensor. You might argue that there is no object in motion. But there is: light. Light in motion is being redrawn by your CMOS sensor because of your very low shutter speed.
Try taking the picture again by increasing the shutter speed and opening up the iris a bit further to compensate for the loss of light.
The non-linear fibers of light are due to the ISO. I know you've only got it to the lowest value but still, in my experience, that's what an ISO does to street lights.