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Dec 132014
 

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
The unveiling

Images from the 2014 edition of Qlimax: “The Source Code of Creation “.
Gelredom Arnhem, November 22nd.

Client: Q-dance
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Headhunterz

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
The man in the hat…

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Qlimax and lasers, best combo every year

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Showtime!

Frontliner, Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Frontliner

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Possibly one of the best indoor stages ever

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
The helix of creation

Ran-D, Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Ran-D

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Party hard

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Party harder

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Party really harder

Qlimax 2014 “The Source Code of Creation “
Party hardest!

FULL SET HERE

Oct 202014
 

Rotterdam, Netherlands – October 20th 2014

Last week Canon (Netherlands) asked me if I wanted to check out their latest flagship compact camera. With the Amsterdam Dance Event, and the world’s leading electronic artists basically on my doorstep no better way than to test this promising camera in one of the hardest settings available: a night on the dance floor at the 30.000 people Amsterdam Music Festival during the crowning of the DJMag new number one DJ of the world.

Canon G1X mark ii test - give it up for Hardwell
Shots like these seemed impossible to me for this type of camera, guess I was wrong.

Now to start with: I’m far from an objective reviewer – I’ve handled Canon camera’s for over 30 years and I love them. So don’t expect a fair and technical comparison with other brands: I just wanted to see what the leading manufacturer of digital cameras was able to put into a pocket sized piece of equipment of roughly €650.

Though small it is, you would still need a fair sized pocket but as soon as you pick it up it just feels solid and well thought off – as you’d expect from proper Japanese engineering it just slides into your hands and you quickly feel accustomed with all the buttons and dials.

Canon G1X mark ii test - Hardwell jump
This is what fast burst modes help capture.

There were a few things beforehand that I was interested in: the speed and handling of the camera, quality at higher ISO ranges (800), speed of burst shooting, lens quality and finally the manual operation of the camera. Let’s take them one by one:

The speed of the camera is simply amazing, press on and it fires up instantly. There’s hardly a wait before you can start. I was really not disappointed here. Besides that, the display is nice and clear and it has some nice folding abilities (great for selfies since it opens above the camera instead of next to it so you’ll always have your eyes at the lens). It’s also a touchscreen which came in handy for setting the focus point for instance. The layout seems much simpler and more practical than its predecessor, again: it just seemed so natural to use. Definitely no need to open a manual before using it. Finally, the autofocus just seemed to be so spot-on most of the time I was afraid of becoming lazy. Though it sometimes had trouble with the wall of lights during the show, a quick refocus by touching the screen was good enough to correct this.

Canon G1X mark ii test - Hardwell
At 120mm detail is less than at 24, could have been the hazy venue but this is still very impressive for a compact camera.

Canon G1X mark ii test - Amsterdam Music Festival crowd
Very little noise at 800ISO.

The quality at higher ISO ranges (I tested at 800) was truly amazing. Straight out of the camera produces easily the best images I’ve ever seen from a compact camera. Very little noise (even in the notoriously difficult color blue) and still an amazing amount of detail to be found. For someone used to using ten times more expensive top of the bill cameras this was amazing to see. Sure, the quality at 100% is not that articulate but for a compact camera it is truly unbelievable. I really had to look twice at my first images, never thought this quality could be reached in this sort of equipment. The large sensor is a main contributor to this but the optics play a huge part as well. I love the f/2.0 at its widest (24mm) but even f/3.9 is damn impressive at a 120mm focal length. Though, at this range the images turned out to be less good than at the wide setting but shooting in an indoor foggy and smoky venue did not help much either. In any way, the quality has blown me away!
The other major bliss of this little wonder is the ridiculously fast burst mode that just simply doesn’t stop. Shooting dance events requires a good bit of fast shooting to capture DJ’s or lights perfectly. The G1X2 did not disappoint, on the contrary. In combination with the large display I found it even nice to use than my own expensive DSLR’s!

Canon G1X mark ii test - more Armin lasers
Very dynamic images, even after post-processing them in LR to have the lasers come out better.

Canon G1X mark ii test - CO2 shot
Fast enough to quickly capture a few seconds of CO2 bursting through the venue.

Another reason for that is the fantastic manual control. The lens has a ring that you can use to set aperture or shutter speed while shooting. This is just the best way to use the camera. It gives so much control over your photography while shooting at the same time. I found this (together with the fast burst) the major upside of working with this camera. It’s so easy and natural that it’s simply hard to stop taking photographs, it just too much fun! One little thing I noticed that sometimes the ring was slow to react, especially when the camera is still writing away the previous images (though it’s fast). This might be a software update away from being fixed, but it is basically the only minor point that I came across during the two nights of working with the camera.

Canon G1X mark ii test - W&W in detail
Again, spot-on autofocus even with many objects in the image.

Canon G1X mark ii test - W&W
Sharp and crisp…

So, is it worth buying? YES, absolutely no doubt about it: this camera is so quick and so much fun to use – especially if you know a bit about photography and would like to use as much of your own settings as you feel comfortable with. At this price it’s a steal, I would think it’s very hard to find a camera that is this fast, this much fun to handle and delivers this kind of quality at this price range (remember, the price usually comes down a bit within a few years). For me it’s simple: this one’s going to be my new non-DSLR choice for the next few years!

Full set (23 photos) here!

Sep 112014
 

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Over 5 days and nights, 23 DJ’s travelled to this Caribbean piece of paradise for an overload of private jets filled with silicone, epic poolparties, late night clubbing events, cruises, ADE conferences and the biggest dance festival ever seen in this part of the world.

Client: Electric Festival
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

FULL SERIES HERE

Aruba's EF 2014 Opening night at the Confession Club with Hector & Loco Dice

Aruba's EF 2014 Private cruise with Dave Clarke

Aruba's EF 2014 ADE Poolparty with Sky Blu at the Renaissance

Aruba's EF 2014 ADE Poolparty with Sky Blu at the Renaissance

Aruba's EF 2014 ADE Poolparty with Sky Blu at the Renaissance

Aruba's EF 2014 Festival night at Nikki Beach with Karixon, Carnage & Chuckie

Aruba's EF 2014 Festival night at Nikki Beach with Karixon, Carnage & Chuckie

Aruba's EF 2014 Festival night at Nikki Beach with Karixon, Carnage & Chuckie

Aruba's EF 2014 Festival night at Nikki Beach with Karixon, Carnage & Chuckie

Aruba's EF 2014 Festival night at Nikki Beach with Karixon, Carnage & Chuckie

Aruba's EF 2014 Yet another poolparty at the Renaissance...

Aruba's EF 2014 Yet another poolparty at the Renaissance...

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Aruba's EF 2014 Second festival night at Nikki Beach with Nutzbeatz, Lil Jon & Knife Party

Aruba's EF 2014 Closing party at the small Nikki Beach stage with Chus & Ceballos

Aruba's EF 2014 Closing party at the small Nikki Beach stage with Chus & Ceballos

Aruba's EF 2014 Closing party at the small Nikki Beach stage with Chus & Ceballos

Aug 292014
 

Only at Mysteryland
Only at Mysteryland

Images from the 21st edition of Mysteryland in 101 photos.

➡ FULL SERIES HERE

Mysteryland is one of the most unique dance festivals in the world with a perfect mix of EDM, alternative house and an overload of art.
This is really one of those to put high on the list!

August 23rd, 2014 – Haarlemmermeer (The Netherlands)

Client: Mysteryland | ID&T
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Playing with light
I love playing with ligth!

Feeling young again!
Feeling young!

Is it a bird... ?
Is it a bird…?

The wind blows the rain away, bring on the sunshine!
The wind blows the rain away, bring on the sunshine!

Silent disco confetti shot
Silent disco, disco…

Martin Garrix is a happy man
Martin Garrix looks happy

Don't let Daddy Know Martin Garrix is here!
Don’t let Daddy Know Martin Garrix is here!

Steve Aoki brings the madness to Mysteryland
Steve Aoki brings the madness to Mysteryland

Cool down!
Cool down!

You're awesome!
You’re awesome!

Steve CO2ki
Steve CO2ki

Nice hat!
Nice hat!

Creative mud avoidance
Creative mud avoidance

Peekaboo
Peekaboo

The one and only Polyp!
Polyp!

Mysteryland sunset
Glorious Mysteryland sunset

Best view in the world
Best view in the world!

DIY DJ Selfie by R3hab
R3hab took my job!

Mysteryland magic
Mysteryland magic

Love is in the air
Love is in the air

Hardwell at the mainstage
Hardwell at the mainstage

The Mysteryland endshow
The Mysteryland endshow, see you next year!

Jul 232014
 

Laidback Luke @ Ultra Europe 2014
Laidback Luke

A selection of images from the second, and truly amazing, edition of Ultra Europe.
FULL SERIES HERE

July 11-15, 2014
Split & Hvar, Croatia

Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Ultra Europe 2014
Ultra Massive Mainstage

Hardwell @ Ultra Europe 2014
Hardwell

Ultra Europe 2014
All over the world

Ultra Europe 2014
Poljud Stadium Split

David Guetta @ Ultra Europe 2014
David Guetta

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra Europe 2014
Armin van Buuren

Ultra Europe 2014
Love sunsets!

W&W @Ultra Europe 2014
W&W

Ultra Europe 2014
Ultra Angel

Ultra Europe 2014
Fireworks madness!

Steve Aoki @ Ultra Europe 2014
Steve Aoki

Ultra Europe Poolparty 2014
Poolparty

Ultra Europe Poolparty 2014
Poolparty girl

Ultra Europe Poolparty 2014
Poolparty at Hvar island

Ultra Europe Poolparty 2014
Afrojack closing Ultra Europe 2014

Jul 162014
 

We LOVE you!!!!

FINALLY!!! Tomorrowland photos (in wallpaper format) are now online – please enjoy and hope to see you all tomorrow at the 2014 edition!

Client: Tomorrowland
© www.rudgr.com

Happy camper!
Happy camper!

No camping without Nemo!
No camping without Nemo

The Gathering at Dreamville is just the "warming up"
The Gathering at Dreamville

Love you too!
Love you too!

Artists, and me.... ;-)
Just artists, and me ;-)

The "small" stage
The “small” butterfly stage

Cooling down!
Cooling down on a hot day!

Some CO2 to blow off steam
Blowing off steam

Best partygirl!
Best partygirl

The scientist
The scientist

or should we call it packed!?
A sea of people

R3hab, Nervo & Carnage - grouphug!
Group photo!!! With R3hab, Nervo & Carnage

Tomorrowland sunset
Tomorrowland sunset

Light her up!
Light her up!

She looks angry!
Angry looking mountain

That's Tomorrowland
Perfect!

Explosion!
Explosion!

It takes one's breath away
Taking your breath away

Bubble girl
Girl in a bubble

Nicky Romero
Nicky Romero

The whole of Tomorrowland & Dreamville
Tomorrowland & Dreamville in a nutshell

Laidback Luke, the man behind the mask
Laidback Luke, the man behind the mask

Tomorrowland, or world
Tomorrowland, or world

Joachim Garraud Spaceman
Joachim Garraud Spaceman

Heads up for Yves V
Heads up for Yves V

Mad, mad Steve Aoki
Mad, mad, Steve

So many hands
So many hands…

The kiss
The kiss

Confetti gone wild!
Confetti gone wild

What a difference a shoe makes...
What a difference a shoe makes…

The DJ moneyshot: Afrojack. David Guetta & Nikcy Romero
The DJ moneyshot: Afrojack. David Guetta & Nikcy Romero

Now that is one serious view!
Now that is one serious view!

Mad, madder, maddest!
Mad, madder, Tomorrowland!

What a crowd, what a stage
What a crowd, what a stage

Famous Steve Aoki bubbles
Famous Steve Aoki bubbles

Full series here!

Jul 012014
 

BAM, being a photographer doesn't get any better than this! Frontliner
Frontliner

Images from the 2014 edition of Defqon.1 “Survival of the Fittest”
June 28&29
Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands

Client: Q-dance
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

What else is there to say?
The moneyshot

Darkraver
Darkraver

Those skies
Those skies!

Focus (near) miss
Defqon.1

Cartons up!
Throw your cartons up in the air

Hakkuh!
Hakkuh!!!!

Prettiest girl
Prettiest girl

There's hardcore in your eyes
There’s hardcore in your eyes…

Bass feet!
Bass feet

Party Scene
Partyscene, do not cross!

Not as packed as Saturday but raging twice as hard!
Not as packed as Saturday but raging twice as hard!

Coone!
Coone

Defqon crowd
Defqon crowd

Team Villain
Team Villain

Insane sunset colors
Insane sunset colors

Fullest RED ever!
Full house!

Explode!
Explode!

The closing ceremony
The closing ceremony, see you next year!!!

Click here for full album (101 photos)

 Posted by at 18:13
Jun 182014
 

Ultra Korea was my first Asian EDM event and hopefull not my last – what an intense crowd and spectacular place to be.
I really hope to be back in Seoul next year…

BAM!

June 13-15, 2014
Olympic Stadium & Sheraton Grande Wakerhill – Seoul

Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Ultra angel...
Ultra angel

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Main stage this way…

Ultra underground
Ultra underground

Entry jam
Entry jam

Blue hour at Seoul Olympic Stadium
Blue hour at Seoul Olympic Stadium

Packed!
Packed!

Damian, the Voice of Ultra
Damian, the Voice and Flag of Ultra

Kryoman vs. Cakeman
Kryoman vs. Cakeman

Hands up, party mad!
Hands up, party mad!

Ultra wihtout Above & Beyond is just noise
Ultra wihtout Above & Beyond is just noise

Ultra Korea on fire
Ultra Korea on fire

Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond

Ultra Korea - day two is go (and hot!)
Ultra Korea – day two is go (and hot!)

Last night....
Last night…

Daylight pyro rules!
Daylight pyro rules!

W&W quite literally burning the house down
W&W quite literally burning the house down

M.I.A.
M.I.A.

Those massive streamers again
Proper streamers

Ultra Korea under a full moon
Ultra Korea under a full moon

Pyro rules!
Pyro rules!

Steve Angello
Steve Angello

Thank you Ultra Korea and good night!
Thank you Ultra Korea and good night!

Wake up call
Good morning poolparty!

...

Pool party full mode ON!
Pool party full mode ON!

Fun in the pool
Fun in the pool

Click HERE for full gallery!



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Ha, that's image 151 - a nice gift from British Airways on the way back! #businessbliss #upgrade
Ha, that's image 151 – a nice gift from British Airways on the way back! #businessbliss #upgrade

Jun 162014
 

7th Sunday Festival 2014

7th Sunday Festival 2014

Client: WATN
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Jun 102014
 

Emporium 2014

Emporium 2014 – The Roman Empire (97 photos)
Netherlands, May 31st 2014

Client: WATN