Prima Ballerina was taken during the juried Long Island Ballet Competition. No flash was allowed. Color balance and control for stage lighting is certainly the pits.
K - beauty of digital - shooting with a d300 and 70 -200 VR at 1000 ISO exp set manually to 1/400th at 2.8 ( I walked and mapped the stage lighting with a meter before the competition began), manual focus, lens supported on my knee - little bit of blur on the leading leg. This particular leap was more upward than forward motion. I saw the routine during warmups. She performed it 2x during the weekend. For the tiniest moment she hovered with amost no forward, up or downward momentum. I would never have made the capture on film, on my d70 or d2x (too much noise).