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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.

PocketWizard Plus II, Speedlite 580EX, Lightsphere II PJ diffuser
Choir ensemble performing the Brunei national anthem marking the start of the celebration
Guest of honour Pehin Bendahari China Dato Paduka Onn Siew Siong
Dancers backstage getting ready for their performance
A young violinist serenading the guests to kick off the evening


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



"What a Wonderful World" handmime performance. Jewel is the face left of the letter U.
"Rhythm of India" performance one of my personal favourites coinciding with Diwali celebration