After Dark Art

Tonight I pulled out the new tripod and headed to the marina for my first attempt at after dark photography.  Long exposures, low light…what fun, right?  Yeah….I have a LOT to learn.    I played around until a herd of skateboarders came barreling through and disrupted my quiet concentration. 

This shot was probably the best attempt, but had to cropped because of some lens flare I just couldn’t live with.  I know, David will hate be annoyed by this because the entire reflection of the large boat isn’t captured!   

Anyway, considering the slow shutter speed, how do I combat the flare from the lampposts and other light sources that will then become over exposed?   Suggestions from those with experience with low light photography?