This was my second time being able to attend and take photos of Gala Dinner & Fashion Show of the 6th World Eco-Fiber and Textire (W.E.F.T.) Forum 2010. Two years ago it was held at the Civic Center, this year it was held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
It was a last minute invite, but luckily I got in! Thanks Geri, Thanks Lucy.
The runwayThe designersThe SponsorsThe Emcees At the start of the dinner, there was quick slideshow in honor of the late Y.A. Bhg Datuk Amar Puan Sri Laila Taib, who was the patron of Society Atelier Sarawak.
Edric Ong presenting the chequeEdric Ong giving a speechThen there was the fashion show by 21 designers from all over the world. There are just too many pictures and I already have posted them in my facebook account. I will highlight some of those which are my favorite of the night.
haha~ no face? I think the texture of the dress was fantastic! That was cute dress and Im loving her expression and there was some backlighting on the hair =)
After sticking about trying not to block the VIP's I headed to the side of the runways. For a different angle.
That is a gorgeous dress, too bad I got in too tight! Not only did I swap positions, I also swap between zoomed lens to wider angled lens.
Another gorgeous dress
The event was uneventful, which was a good thing, everything seemed to go as plan. The only issue was during the diinner the air condition was not working properly, everyone was sweating before the fashion show started. =) Good food, beautiful clothing on beautiful people. What a night! I have made it to 5th and 6th, hopefully more to come !
I know its been a month since the event has ended. My life has been a bit hectic since. Well at least its getting done right ? xD On day two I actually shot less photos. It felt like it, but when compiled into albums the amount was almost the same.
The day started off for me around 10am. When the village started to come alive with preparation activities. Cleaning up, re-stocking, testing systems and many more. I lazed around a bit, checked photos and by 11 am ventured out to see what was the condition of the concert field.
These were my findings
Day 1Day 2
As you can see the green was gone. And well, there was no need to ask, after day 3 the place was a total mudpie. Mud was everywhere, that was why the staff / volunteers had to wash the walkways and the surrounding area.
Day 1Day 2Lets move away from all the mud-ness :D
On the first day I did walk around the village to see what was available but I did not take much of the photos. So on day two I took a short walk and I would like to share a few images.
How about Henna tattoo ?LKWAround the village where are stops where there are people showing the traditional crafts. Such as embroidery, painting, pottery and many more. I stop by a one or two and then got hungry.
Yellow noodles?Sample to followProducing the end productI always assumed that the embroidery was done on top of the head. As we can see here it was based on a sample which was put in front of the embroider. But that is a feat on its own because there is so much detail, and she can just duplicate the pattern just by looking at it? Amazing. You can give it a try if you do not believe what an effort it is. ;)
Pretty tooCuteSome creative use of the material, but I bet it will be very expensive, I didn't ask the price. If you actually do give it to kids, all the hard work will be gone as it will be destroyed in a few years. If your buying it, display it somewhere and do not use it as an actual toy. That's my opinion xD
There were quite a number of food stalls at the village. You can always get food and drinks. No worries. Except if it was like 9am.
Food stallsMerchandise from the bandsMain sponsor WorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshop one of my fav shotsIt was hard to shoot photos and video at the same time as people were rushing towards me. I'm trying to avoid them and they were trying to avoid me. As you can see from the video below.
After that my SB-900 overheated from all the random bursts that I did. =) So I had to stop shooting for a few mins. And it was already finishing so the next session was up.
WorkshopA while after they started, they got everyone on their feet. Again. The previous session everyone was moving about in the hall as well. LOL!
Workshop - Grooving to the beatsWorkshop - Lets moveWorkshop - Exercise? Bloggers spottedSecurity spottedEveryone waiting to have a good timeThere was time to even update facebookIron man arrivedGrooving to the musicAlbert said Come shoot me!Concertreporter spottedBatman spotted ordering pizzaDay 2 is done!
Video compilation of day two
So after a tiring second day it finally came to a close I enjoyed every bit of it. Could not wait for day two.
I know Its nearly a week after the event. Come on give me a break I need to work. And rest, I went 3 days!
I arrived kind of late on Friday as there were some issues at work which I had to settle eventho I was already on leave. Isn't that how it always is? We are on leave but we are still thinking about our work? So this was my third time to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF). Previously I have been there on 2007 and 2008. Skipped 2009.
At the main entranceSince I was going for 3 days I had to bring many things with me, I had heaps of chargers and even bring along an extension cord. Which was a good choice because the village stay room only had ONE power outlet!
The journey up was uninteresting except that there was more traffic on the road than normal. I parked my car at Santubong Resort, and then took a RM 5 coach to Sarawak Cultural Village, but I was on the big bus so it did'nt go all the way. It stopped at the round about, so I had to make the rest of the journey on foot.
Finally reach the main entrance, whipped out my camera and took the shot about a 4:44:46pm (timestamp on my Nikon D300).
Security Check PointThe set up this year seems to be like every year, but this year the security seem more like locals than people from overseas.
Checking for illegal stuffFor those who have not been to RWMF before your not suppose to bring in food or drinks from outside. All of that is available at the venue. By the night time there was a mountain of food and drinks on the floor. LOL. I took a picture of that, probably post it later on 2nd day posting.
SecurityUpon entering the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) I found that there were a lot of signs all around. That was good. There were florescent font text everywhere.
Emergency ExitNot only that there was a hugh presence from Heineken
Heineken bannerFresh and green before the madnessI'm pretty sure the tree was felled recentlyI have another shot of this after two nights of madnessThese pretty ladies were everywhere in case you could not stand the heat. I thought it was a pretty good idea to have people all around promoting a cool brew on a hot day. But... on the first day it was a bit rainy. Chilly, so we were all joking about the "heat".
Maps & programs everywhere.I like that they have all the maps and programs everywhere and signs. But one problem I have with the map in the center is that. Where am I in relation to the map? There should be a red dot saying "HERE YOU ARE" it took me like few minutes trying to figure out what was the closest building was and trying to find it on the map.
'Food court' check out the dark cloudsIt has started to pourWet wetProjectors were placed all over the venue for those who didnt want to squeeze in.I was busy doing something and missed the first performance by Pingasan'k (Malaysia) and Debu (Indonesia).
Bakih, Interesting looking sape/ guitar?BakihBakihBakihThen it was Layatharanga (India)
LayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaOne thing I notice about all the bands which were playing live, they were really jamming to it live, as you can see from the picture above they were communicating thru the eyes. I am not joking they were timing everything live. Awesomes.
Reelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bAfter the great performance from Russia came I Beddi from Italy. No photos? No videos? What happened ? Well I got thirsty and hungry and tired so I went to grab some food and walked around to see if there was anything to shoot around the venue. There was not much to shoot. Everyone was at the concert.
Almost everybodySeems I have lost track of time, because when I went back it was the last band playing. ~_~'
WatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiSo the concert ended at midnight and everyone departed. I headed back to my room transfered some files to the computer, edited a short clip uploaded to youtube.com and crashed like a log.
Here is the compilation video which took me 8 hours to upload, few hours to render. Enjoy Day One
Oh and I was taking photos and videos in mud and holding an umbrella! LOL!!!
I actually wanted to post some photos which I have taken with my Nikon D300, but when I reach here I realize that I have brought everything except the USB cable. So in the end all I can do is post a video instead. While there is a Celcom 3g connection here. Its upload speed is quite slow, thats why I trimed the clip down to 30 seconds.
Another episode of my super duper long back log of blogs number four.
After I came back from Kuala Lumpur, was caught up with a lot of work. I was asked by a co-worker to help shoot some of her photos as she was one of the models, modeling for the World Eco-Fiber & Textile (WEFT) Forum.
Below is an excerpt of their Objectives (taken from their website):
Society Atelier Sarawak is a registered
voluntary organization founded in 1986 with three
To appreciate and promote, share
and acquire knowledge of Sarawak arts and
To promote cultural exchanges of
arts and crafts with other countries.
To encourage research and study into the
history and evolution of the culture, arts and
crafts of Sarawak.
The event was called International Gala Dinner and Fashion Show held at the Kuching Civic Center on the 13th September 2008.
I went to the event with Allen. As it felt kind of strange going alone, and be sitted for dinner with strangers. But in the end, we got to sit at separate tables, I was seated at the same table with an ex-Toastmaster, and a friend's friend. So I guess it was not too bad. The food came and went really quickly and came in large heavy plates with small portions.
+This is Mr International 2007 from Brazil, Alan Bianco+
The venue was actually quite nice, the last round I was there to shoot the Spring Fashion Show, the lighting was much more difficult, or was it because of the lens I'm using? maybe, but this round my lens was shorter at its maximum range, only 55mm. So there was no up close and personal shots, but this is a fashion show, so must get some of the fashion on display right?
Before that let me post up some familiar faces
Dianne (diayne... I dont know how to spell her name)
Well there are a few more whom I know, but not personally. Hopefully know them in person in the near future.
There was this interesting uncle at the show who was using a film camera! Wow, it has been many many years since I saw someone using a film camera for events. Well, I have no idea what lens he was using, but he had his elbow in my viewfinder most of the time.
A good way to steady one self when taking photos is to lean on something.
He was there most of the show, only time he went off was I guess to load a new roll of film. To my surprise the last time he came out he brought a long some thing newer!
Welcome to the digital age sir~!
I took over 800 shots that night, trying not to miss any moment, but at the end of the day, I just could not get everyone. I was suppose to help Iris (someone I met at the table) take a few shots of her daughter. But I didn't know what she looked like until end of the event!