GIVING IT OUR 400%

This year Chung Ching Middle School celebrates its 71st anniversary and as early as a month and a half ago, Primary section supervisor asked if I would be available to handle photography of the event. I didn’t immediate given an answer because I had to juggle a number of prior engagements which hadn’t been confirmed. A week before the event, I invited Kantalensa, Gembo and Gavin to join me in an evening of fun after obtaining permission from the school to do so. Instead of giving my 100%, we gave our 400% and went home that evening completely justified and exhausted. Thanks guys for your time and contribution! [see also CCMS 69th Anniversary] I had to miss the 70th Anniversary celebration because it coincided with the Lexus Golf Tournament assignment.

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The first item on the evening’s itinerary was the Board of Directors Group Photo which we pulled this off using two Speedlite 580EX flashes each fitted with a Lightsphere diffuser and Pocket Wizard Plus II trigger. With minimal post processing, I was able to get this result without the burden and associated risks of lugging and setting up large studio strobes and extension cords for A/C power etc. I could have just as easily mount a 580EX on the camera and be done with the shot but I had Kantalensa and Gembo hold one rig on each side of the group.

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PocketWizard Plus II, Speedlite 580EX, Lightsphere II PJ diffuser

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Choir ensemble performing the Brunei national anthem marking the start of the celebration

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Guest of honour Pehin Bendahari China Dato Paduka Onn Siew Siong

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Dancers backstage getting ready for their performance

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A young violinist serenading the guests to kick off the evening

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"Chung Ching Boleh!" she says when asked why she liked the school

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"What a Wonderful World" handmime performance. Jewel is the face left of the letter U.

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"Rhythm of India" performance one of my personal favourites coinciding with Diwali celebration