Night shooting is a beast. Do you use natural light. Do you flash and fix it in post. Will it be possible to convince the person to freeze? Monopod, tripod, bracing off of natural objects, all a distraction to the documentary style of shooting; where you should run and gun, hammering shots as they come, hoping for magic to happen in one of those pictures.
Photographing a hula hooper is hard, shooting them at night is even harder, even shooting them standing still is a great ordeal. My lover only holds steady for a short period of time, much like photographing a cat, her mind wonders to something else and she starts to shift.
Don't even get me started on how this was taken with the Canon g12, not my trusty 50D, which I was wary to bring, under threat of rain and wanting to get time with the more compact G12.
This shot has a lot of magic in it, so I can't complain too much.
The only post production used in the shot was shading to address softening on the subject.
The hula hoop is a custom illuminated incandescent rig.
The scene was taken on 9.8.12, it was the Beltline parade, this leg of the belt line was near Piedmont park.