Ohh... perhaps I like this composition just as much. I'm debating, because I like how the pier is in the lower 3rd, but I like how the other shot focuses on the pier/pavilion by making it bigger within the photo. I think you have the strength on too high in photomatix on this one, as it created this little blue halo's around the lights. Tune the strength down a little and you'll still get this wonderful shot, just without the blue halo's. Also, something like f/7 might have made the light trails go away (although I'm not sure if the pavilion would have been in the DoF to be in focus, but I think it prob. could be). I love all the blues in this shot -- which contrast perfectly with the slight purple on the beach/water, and the yellow/oranges of the lights/pavilion. Neato!