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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!

Dec 212013
 

Nov 262013
 

Qlimax "Immortal Essence"
Qlimax 2013; Immortal Essence

The 2013 edition of Qlimax: “Immortal Essence“ in 50 photos.
Gelredom Arnhem, November 23rd.

Client: Q-dance
© 2013 www.rudgr.com

All aboard...
All aboard…

ACTI
ACTI

Qlimax "Immortal Essence"
Qlimax!

Wildstylez & Max Enforcer
Wildstylez & Max Enforcer

Code Black
Code Black

Qlimax "Immortal Essence"
Immortal Essence

Hairshot!
Hairshot!

MC Ruffian
MC Ruffian

Qlimax indeed!
Qlimax indeed!

Qlimax crowd!
Amazing Qlimax crowd!

Gunz for Hire
Gunz for Hire

Gunz for Hire
Shoes for Hire?

Gunz for Hire
Gunz for Hire

Qlaw
Qlaw

Zatox
Zatox

Alpha2
Alpha2

I like taking intimate photos at 30k+ raves
I like taking intimate photos at 30k+ raves

Oct 212013
 

One hell of a line-up
Line-up from heaven!

During #ADE13 (Amsterdam Dance Event) Heineken Starclub presented Tiësto & Calvin Harris at a completely sold out Ziggo Dome. Besides these two big guns, the line-up was completed by Danny Avila, MOTi, Punish and Sultan & Ned Shepard.

Client: Heineken
© www.rudgr.com

Heineken hospitality
Heineken hospitality

Heineken rollergirl
Heineken rollergirl

Lasergirls
Lasergirls

Danny Avila
Danny Avila

Stars on fire
Stars on fire

Heineken Starclub
Heineken Starclub

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris

Sold out Ziggo Dome
Sold out Ziggo Dome

Lights....
Lights….

Starclub partypeople
Starclub partypeople

Starclub partypeople
Partyhard

Heineken Starclub
Stars….

Heineken Starclub in the Ziggo Dome

Hands up!
Hands up!

Heineken Starclub Presents Tiësto & Calvin Harris
Stars & streamers…

Tiësto, perfect fit
Tiësto, perfect fit

Tiësto
Tiësto

Tiësto in laserlight
Tiësto and the lasers

Balls up!
Balls up!

MOTi
MOTi

Punish
Punish

Oct 102013
 

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Hey ho, hey ho...
Hey ho, hey ho…

Images from the first ever edition of TomorrowWorld – this gallery will be updated continuously as more photos are released for publication.

Client: ID&T Belgium
© www.rudgr.com

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Dancing girls!
You should be dancin’!

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - The Gathering "water stage"
The Gathering is GO!

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - We all need R3hab
We all need R3hab

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Sunset with Ferry Corsten & Audien
Ferry Corsten, Audien and one hell of a sunset!

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Lasuuuurrrrr
Lassuuuurrrr

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Tiësto as seen from the helicopter
Tiësto from the helicopter

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Fantasyland
TomorrowWorld Fantasyland

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Flags everywhere
I LOVE flags!

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Mainstage madness
Mainstage madness

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Calvin Harris reaching for the stars
Calvin Harris reaching for the star

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Steaming hot Afrojack
Steaming hot Afrojack

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Dim Mak time
Dim Mak time

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Nicky's Google Glass selfie
Nicky’s Google Glass selfie

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Go Home or Go Hardwell
Go Home or Go Hardwell

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Guetta's DIY cleanup
Guetta’s DIY mainstage cleanup

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Armin on fire!
Armin on fire!

TomorowWorld (Atlanta) 2013 - Thank you and good night!
Thank you and good night!

Sep 062013
 

The insane nightsky over Michigan

Michigan Milky Way

The sunset over Michigan

These photos were taken at the Sleeping Bear Resort during a spell of incredible Michigan night skies! The star shots are actually not as hard as you would think, just grab a tripod, set for 30 second exposure at fully opened aperature (f/2.8) and 1600ISO. Slightly add highlights in Lightroom and a bit of clarity – that’s all!