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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)

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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

Apr 012014
 

70. Hello Ultra!!!
Hello Ultra!

Images from the 2014 edition of Ultra Music Festival.
Click HERE for the full 151-photo gallery or go to my Facebook page to comment and share images.

March 28-30, 2014
Bayfront Park, Miami. USA
Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

05. Doors open, ready for Ultra
Doors open!

20. Cool reflection!
Cool reflection

26. Now THAT's a panorama!
Now, that’s a panorama

30. How Ultra!
How Ultra

36. The Dutch House Mafia (Tiesto, Martin Garrix & Afrojack)
The Dutch House Mafia

42. Showtime!!!
Showtime!!!

64. The Nicky Romero moneyshot
The Nicky Romero moneyshot

66. I love shaped confetti
I love shaped confetti

Armin van Buuren
Armin showing off his brandnew signature Philips headphones

92. The master's hand
The master’s hand, Carl Cox

97. Sunday chill
Sunday chill

101. Epic shirt!
Best shirt

106. Now that's Miami Ultra style!
Now that’s Ultra Miami style

110. Hammertime!
Hammertime

118. Miami smiles
Miami smiles

124. Sun's getting lower, spirit's getting higher
Sun’s getting lower, spirits are getting higher

127. Cool down moment
Cool down moment

129. Last rays of the day
Last rays of the day

134. The Vortex comes alive!
They call it the Vortex

140. If this continues I'll be out of a job soon - Afrojack & David Guetta selfie
If this continues I’ll be out of a job soon – Afrojack & David Guetta selfie

147. Perhaps my favorite Ultra mainstage picture
Perhaps my favorite Ultra mainstage picture

151. Bye bye Hardwell and Ultra, see you next year!
Hardwell

143. Count the flags
Bye bye Miami, see you next year!

Mar 032014
 

Halfway down to South-America, enjoying the view from JFK to Bogota.
Halfway down to South-America, enjoying the view from JFK to Bogota.” title=”Halfway down to South-America, enjoying the view from JFK to Bogota.

Images from my 5 day trip to Ultra Colombia, Ultra Chile & Ultra Buenos Aires

February 19-25, 2014
Downtown Miami. USA

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

Rain or no rain, South America hosts some of the best crowds in the world.
Rain or no rain, South America hosts some of the best crowds in the world.” title=”Rain or no rain, South America hosts some of the best crowds in the world

Nicky Romero.
Nicky Romero

What a mess!
What a mess!

Since I was staying low, figured I might as well take a photo.
Since I was staying low, figured I might as well take a photo.” title=”Since I was staying low, figured I might as well take a photo

Left the party early to catch my flights to Santiago de Chile - 4AM is a perfect time to get some work done at the airport.
Left the party early to catch my flights to Santiago de Chile – 4AM is a perfect time to get some work done at the airport.” title=”Left the party early to catch my flights to Santiago de Chile – 4AM is a perfect time to get some work done at the airport

Heatbeat
Heatbeat

#PrayforVenezuela
#PrayforVenezuela

Hi!
Hi!

This calls for a deathmatch between Pendulum and R3hab.
This calls for a deathmatch between Pendulum and R3hab

Make some noise for Tiësto
Make some noise for Tiësto

Find the DJ...
Find the DJ…

Remind me to visit Santiago de Chile once more, preferably with more than 14 hours of time for the stay.
Remind me to visit Santiago de Chile once more, preferably with more than 14 hours of time for the stay

Abandoned amusement parks make great venues!!!!
Abandoned amusement parks make great venues!!!

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Pendulum.
Pendulum

Hey girls!
Hey girls!

Oh yeah!
Oh yeah!

Crazy, crazy partypeople in Buenos Aires!
Crazy, crazy partypeople in Buenos Aires!

60.000 arms....
60.000 arms….

Hardwell & Ferry Corsten
Hardwell & Ferry Corsten

Confettigirl
Confettigirl

Bye, bye and see you next year!!!!
Bye, bye and see you next year!

Feb 042014
 

Hard Bass 2014

The 2014 edition of Hard Bass
Gelredome Arnhem, February 1st.

Client: b2s
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Hard Bass 2014 - Team Green: Bass Modulators, Atmozfears & Max Enforcer
Team Green: Bass Modulators, Atmozfears & Max Enforcer

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014 - Team Green: Bass Modulators, Atmozfears & Max Enforcer
Team Green: Bass Modulators, Atmozfears & Max Enforcer

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014 - Team Blue: 02 Blue - Coone, Noisecontrollers & Code Black
Team Blue: Coone, Noisecontrollers & Code Black

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014

Hard Bass 2014 - Team Yellow: Brennan Heart, Ran-D & Hard Driver
Team Yellow: Brennan Heart, Ran-D & Hard Driver

Hard Bass 2014 - Team Yellow: Brennan Heart, Ran-D & Hard Driver
Team Yellow: Brennan Heart, Ran-D & Hard Driver

Jan 042014
 

Even though I easily shoot more than a hundred thousand photos each year, there are only a few that make it to a special place in my heart. Quite often these are not the images that get the most views on my Facebook but they are pictures that mean the most to me. Either because they were (extremely) hard to take or they were made at special moments in the past year. So, I have made a selection of 15 precious shots that defined 2013 for me. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did making them!

© 2013 www.rudgr.com

The 15 best of 2013 - "Blue&White"
1/15 “Blue&White”
Zweisimmen, Switzerland

After a lengthy, no-sun, powder day on the slopes we were in the last gondola up when a small bit of sunshine slowly drifted into the direction of this mountain top. Since we were about to arrive I grabbed the camera from my bag in record time, set it up properly and raced out of the cart as soon as the doors opened. I had literally just seconds to photograph after I rushed out. It was the only sunshine we saw that day and this image still amazes me every time I see it.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Year of the Snake"
2/15 “Year of the Snake”
Antwerp, Belgium

Now I’m not known for my studio and still works but through a customer I was asked to photograph the Challenger MT765D “Field Viper” – a massive agricultural piece of equipment with a custom decal snake print for their new poster. My assistant Kevin (MIttnick.nl) and I arranged for daylight lamps and a smoke machine. Together with 4 wireless strobes we set up lighting this giant in clouds of smoke. There was some serious post-processing involved in removing the background but the result was worth it!


The 15 best of 2013 - "Close Call"
3/15 “Close Call”
Paradiski, France

My final wintersports shoot took place in the high mountains of Les Arcs, France. Photographing the Ski test for the Dutch Ski Association I’d been busy all week and had planned for an hour of extreme close-up shooting with the testers/models participating. All had to be done early in the morning so the snow was cold and hard (shooting “corduroy” is fun!).
There was a very nice place with a great background and good run-in for the models but since I would be shooting against the sun I needed to fill-in flash every photo which meant: one picture per run. And with these guys (and girls) coming in at 40 Km/h and near missing me by half a meter, timing was crucial. I had a good batch after that hour but in this one everything came together perfectly: color, speed, position and smile!


The 15 best of 2013 - "The Moneyshot"
4/15 “The Moneyshot”
Ultra Music Festival, Miami, USA

Quite possibly this is the most technically difficult live-photo I’ve ever taken. After 5 days of shooting Ultra Music Festival in Miami I had a picture in my head of a semi-blurred girl dancing amidst an ocean of confetti. The motion blur meant I would be using a low shutter time which meant a huge chance for error. With the confetti canons ready to go I kept scanning the crowd non-stop and exactly at the right time a ton of gold pieces were blown over the dancing crowd and this girl with the flag behind her. It all seems completely fake but this picture is almost straight from the camera.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Backstage with The Prodigy"
5/15 “Backstage with The Prodigy”
Indian Summer Festival, the Netherlands

I’m not a usually a “fan” of many artists I shoot but the Prodigy is a big exception, I’ve been bouncing to their music since I was a kid and suddenly I got the opportunity to photograph them at the Indian Summer Festival that I was photographing for the organization. After the initial contact with the tour manager I was granted extremely rare full-access, including the moments right before show start. Being on stage minutes before the action there’s a really weird vibe that you can almost touch but can’t photograph due to the total lack of light. However, a few streaks of blue light were enough to capture that short and intense moment. After the show the whole band came out to check out my photos and this was by far their favorite since they are hardly ever captured in that intense and private moment.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Halfwater Paradise"
6/15 “Halfwater Paradise”
Vilhamendhoo Island, Maldives

Sometimes you have to get up early to get the shot. While photographing the impressive underwater wildlife of the Maldives for a Dutch diving magazine I noticed low tide was very early in the morning. This made it perfect for a half water shot I was hoping to do with the island jungle as a background. Because the early light comes in low it lights up the reef while the light on land was not yet strong enough to blow out my photo. The tide was so low that it exposed some of the corals, like this splendid purple staghorn which I accentuated by adding some strobe light.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Swimming with the Sharks"
7/15 “Swimming with the Sharks”
Digurah, Maldives

Going to the Maldives you hope to see some live whalesharks. So going on my first trip to find them we got lucky very early on in the search. While taking some pics of the animal itself I really wanted to show the interaction of snorkeling with these gracious creatures. Trying again and again to position myself in a way I’d get both animal and human in a single shot, preferably with s bit of wave, I finally hit the sweet spot with this photo. It should make you feel like wanting to be there yourself and have this amazing experience.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Abandoned Tropical Swimming Pool"
8/15 “Abandoned Tropical Swimming Pool”
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Through an amazing coincidence I found access into one of the most sought after Urbex locations in the Netherlands: an abandoned tropical swimming pool in the heart of Rotterdam, Tropicana – a place where I’d been many times as a kid. Since I’m not a huge fan of shooting fake looking high dynamic range pictures and I had a good hour to spend I decided to take a more clean looking approach to this impressive structure. The series, posted on the popular photoblog Totallycoolpix.com went viral almost instantly and it was shared and tweeted countless times. Besides that I got swamped with requests for access and security hard a couple of rough weeks afterwards with many photogs trying to gain access.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Tomorrowland Helicopter Madness View"
9/15 “Tomorrowland Helicopter Madness View”
Boom, Belgium

In 2012 I did the first experiments taking night-time aerial pictures at large EDM events. Taking photos in the dark from a shaking helicopter takes a lot of practice and technique and this year I was able to improve big-time on my first initial shoots. The feeling of hanging above 40.000 people in an open chopper (they take the door out for me) is simply indescribable but when you end up with pictures like these it’s so much worth the stress en effort!


The 15 best of 2013 - "Unesco World Heritage View"
10/15 “Unesco World Heritage View”
Ultra Music Festival, Split, Croatia

The first edition of Ultra Europe took place this year at the coastal town of Split, one of my favorite places in Europe. After two days of shooting the main event we transferred to the island of Hvar for an epic pool party. The filming crew offered me a chance to hop onboard for their two hour (!!!) heli flight needed for the after movie. Such opportunities cannot be left untouched so I hopped on for the ride of my life. Flying over the island, the Adriatic Sea and finally the old Unesco World Heritage center of Split at a perfectly timed sunset was priceless. If this doesn’t make you want to go there, what else will?


The 15 best of 2013 - "Girls just wanna have Fun!"
11/15 “Girls just wanna have Fun!”
Tomorrowworld, Atlanta, USA

Top EDM-filmer Kevin Gansemans and I have developed a habit of tagging along eachother while bringing huge sunbouncers (reflection screens) to the parties we photograph. Tomorrowworld was no different and after scouting various people for filming and photographing we came across these two dancing girls that we tried to capture at sunset using the reflected light. It turned out incredibly hard to photograph from this angle but the result is one of my favorite EDM pics of the year and Kevin got one of his best shots from the weekend as well.


The 15 best of 2013 - "The Arch fits exactly"
12/15 “The Arch fits exactly”
St.Louis, USA

While on family vacation enjoying the 43 °C degree heat of St.Louis we decided we couldn’t leave town without a visit to the famous Arch, monument to the conquering of the west of the US. The weird elevator ride to the top is a ton of fun (especially bringing young kids) but the view was even better. Shooting through tiny windows I had to squeeze every bone of my body into weird angles just to get the framing perfect. I had literally not a centimeter of leverage but then I got my “capture it all” shot!


The 15 best of 2013 - "Stars over Michigan"
13/15 “Stars over Michigan”
Sleeping Bear Dunes, USA

The Michigan sky certainly was helpful this year. While staying at a perfect cabin near the Sleeping Bear Dunes national park I just had to look skyward at night to see the photo opp. Marty, a friendly neighbor we met at the place was more than willing to help me out in getting the perfect shot. I set him up at the jetty and use a little LED-torch as a fill-in light while doing a 30 second exposure to capture the Milky Way. I just love the way the shot brings out the magic that we all experienced over there.


The 15 best of 2013 - "Simply Armin"
14/15 “Simply Armin”
Ultra Music Festival, Split, Croatia

For me 2013 was really the year of Armin. Been wanting to shoot one of his gigs as dedicated photog for ages and I finally managed to set up contact in March with his production crew. After sending photos to him after every gig I came across him we finally got working together for the Amsterdam kick-off of his amazing new Armin Only ‘Intense’ world tour. A show so good, it turned into a massive photo frenzy with so many things to photograph. Still, this one, taken at Ultra Europe is among my favorite Armin photos from the whole year. All the emotion is there, it is like you can touch the music…


The 15 best of 2013 - "Number one…"
15/15 “Number one…”
Sleeping Bear Dunes, USA

But the most important thing is still this: my family. As much as I love travelling the world taking pictures it is always better to come home to what you love absolutely the most.

Jan 032014
 

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014

Images from the infamous Unox Nieuwjaarsduik – Polar Bear Plunge – 2014. This year saw a record number of 10.000 divers hitting the cold 7 degree water (44°F) of the North Sea in the beach town of Scheveningen. For the third year in a row the event sold out, 45 minutes before the start at 12:00.

Overall 45.000 people participated in various New Years dives all over the Netherlands. A crazy but very fun tradition.

© 2014 www.rudgr.com.
Client: Unox

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
Quiet before the storm

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
And we’re off!!!! (Photo: Mittnick.nl)

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
Happy New Year!

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
That’s why they call it POLAR Bear Plunge!

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
But it’s all good fun

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
The herring and the dolphin

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
Half water shots are also fun in the North Sea

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
Brrrr

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
YEAH!!!!

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
Year of the Selfie

Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (Polar Bear Plunge) 2014
And ten minutes later all is quiet again… see you in 2015!