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Jun 242015
 

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

Images from the 2015 edition of Defqon.1 “No Guts No Glory”
June 20&21
Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands

Click here for full album (200 photos)

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

"No Guts No Glory", Defqon.1 2015

Apr 212015
 

Doors open @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Doors open!

Ultra Music Festival 2015
Full album (120 photos) HERE!
Miami, March 27-29 2015

Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2015 www.rudgr.com
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Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Only at Ultra

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Yellow Claw has this effect on people…

Afrojack @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
It’s raining Afrojack!

Avicii @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Avicii

Tiësto & Martin Garrix @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Tiësto & Martin Garrix

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Gotta love Ultra stage design!

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Love U too!

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Ultra people

View from the chopper @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Ultra as seen from the chopper!

View from the chopper @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Magic Miami

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Lazy Sundays are the best

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Rage hard Miami!

Krewella @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Krewella

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
High tech Armin van Buuren

Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
David Guetta showtime!

Jack Ü, Diddy & Justin Bieber @ Ultra Music Festival 2015 - Photo: © Rudgr.com
Biebermania!!!! Jack Ü, Diddy & Justin Bieber

Mar 022015
 

View over Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Beautiful Buenos Aires

Ultra Buenos Aires
February 20 & 21, 2015

Full album HERE!

Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2015 www.rudgr.com

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Party HARD!

DVBBS @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
DVBBS

New World Punx @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
New World Punx – Ferry Corsten & Markus Schulz

Afrojack @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Afrojack

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Put your hands up!

Tiësto @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Tiësto

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
PLUR

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Madness!

Showtek @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Showtek

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Ultra Angel

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Such an amazing vibe!

W&W @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
W&W

Dash Berlin @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Dash Berlin

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Firestarter!

Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Coolest location ever, an abandoned themepark!

Axwell ^ Ingrosso @ Ultra Buenos Aires 2015
Axwell ^ Ingrosso

Goodbye Buenos Aires, see you next year!
Goodbye Buenos Aires, see you next year!

Feb 182015
 

Axwell ^ Ingrosso @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Axwell ^ Ingrosso

The 2015 Ultra Music Festival season starts in South Africa!
FULL SET (101 PHOTOS) ➡ HERE!

Cape Town, February 13th and
Johannesburg on February 14th.

Client: Ultra Music Festival
© 2015 www.rudgr.com


Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Ultra Cape Town

Ultra Angel @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Ultra Angel

Run Garrix Run! @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Run Garrix Run!

Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
#UnitedWeDance

Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
African sunsets rule!

Martin Garrix @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Martin Garrix, firestarter!

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Armin van Buuren

Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Ultra!

Hardwell @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Put your hands up for Hardwell

Hardwell @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Hardwell

Axwell ^ Ingrosso @ Ultra South Africa - Cape Town
Axwell ^ Ingrosso

Oliver Heldens @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Oliver Heldens

Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Ultra Johannesburg

Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Party under the African sun!

Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
The flag of a rainbow nation!

DVBBS @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
DVBBS

Hardwell @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Hardwell

Hardwell @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Ultra Johannesburg

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Armin van Buuren, electric

Axwell ^ Ingrosso @ Ultra South Africa - Johannesburg
Axwell ^ Ingrosso

Thank You South Africa!!!!
Thank you South Africa, see you next year!

Jan 042015
 

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Vagator, Goa

The 2014 edition of Sunburn Festival Goa – the largest dance festival in Asia.
Vagator,Goa (India), December 27-30

Client: Sunburn Festival
© 2014 www.rudgr.com

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Tropical settings rule!

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Love the eyes

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Sunburn hands

Dj Makas @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
DJ Makasi champagne shower

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Lasssurrrr

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
Sander van Doorn fireworks…

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 1
… and confetti

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
Jump!

MC Haits @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
MC Haits, inverted surf

MC Roga @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
MC Roga

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
Sunburn Festival

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
Epic temple stage

Krewella @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
Krewella

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
Upside down and turn me

MC Haits @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 2
MC Haits & his lights – it rhymes!

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Vagator beach

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Vodka!

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Confetti storm!

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Massive crowd

Shaan @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Shaan

Dannic @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Dannic

Dimitr Vegas & Like Mike @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Dimitr Vegas & Like Mike @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Dimitr Vegas & Like Mike @ Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Sunburn Festival Goa, day 3
Wall of people, see you next year!

For full album, click here

Dec 242014
 

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

A little while ago Canon HQ in the Netherlands asked me if I wanted to give their brand new 7D mkii (7D2) camera a spin. Even though this cameras is more or less aimed at nature- and sports photographers, I liked the idea of testing it out of it’s comfort zone so I happily said ‘yes’!

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

The original 7D was launched 6 years ago and turned out to be an incredibly successful camera for Canon. But what was then cutting-edge technology, really needed an upgrade and so the new version (mkii) was announced last September. The 1.6 cropfacor remained (means it “enlarges” your view about 60%) but the rest of the camera got a major overhaul. Now, a crop factor is great for using a telelens (you get 60% extra) but not so great for using wide angle (you lose 60% of the wideness) so I was very curious to see this one in action since I like to shoot wide a lot. I had just the perfect gig for it: the start of the new World Tour of the number 2 DJ’s in the world: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike “Bringin the World the Madness” in the Antwerp Sportpaleis.

Now having shot the event the night before I was a little more relaxed bringing a new camera into my setup for the second night. Even though I’m not a fan of using 3 camera’s at the same time I got to say I was in for a surprise – just holding this camera felt like holding an incredibly solid piece of work. Every button felt like in the right place and the built felt very, very high quality. Another thing I liked: the layout, about the same as my 5D3 so working with it was quite like coming home. But then came the biggest surprise: the autofocus and speed… unbelievable!

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

At first I was in doubt whether I picked up the right camera. For a split second I thought I was shooting with my 5D3instead of the 7D2. It was so incredibly fast and accurate that I really cannot believe that this kind of technology is now available in a €1700 camera. It is not as good as my 5D3, it is as good as my 1Dx, which is a €6000 camera!!! It’s like having a mini-1Dx for a third of the price, I was seriously impressed. Besides the rapid accurate focus it writes the images to the card at the fastest speeds imaginable, I did not manage to shoot a full buffer once the whole night (do keep in mind I shoot Jpeg, not RAW).

Another big surprise was using the live-view, I had a few people holding up selfiesticks at the perfect photospot so I had to shoot out of hand, high above my head. Normally this guarentees off-level photos so using live-view can help a lot. Normally though, this kills your autofocus and is therefore too cumbersome to use a lot. I was really happy to see it working almost flawlessly here – extremely high accuracy meant I kept using it night when I had to and even at times where there really was no dire need. Normally I never use it this much, I would really enjoy having it this good on my regular cameras as well.

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

So, no bad points? Yes, there is one: the image quality of this camera is good – good, but not superb like I’m used to on the 5D3 or 1Dx. Do keep in mind those are camera’s twice or even three times as expensive. I loved the color accuracy but I really started to notice more noisy and less sharp images when shooting at 800ISO (which I do a lot!). So after a while I tended to keep it at 400ISO for most of the time, which was fine for wide angle shots but less convenient for telelens photos of moving DJ’s and partypeople. For me, who’s a total freak when it comes to sharp images this is a bit of a letdown. I could imagine most people not being bothered by it, but for me it would not be preferable.

This, of course, is not really a surprise, the camera is not specifically designed to perform under the conditions that I’m used to: poor light, lots of dark spots and usually hazy surroundings due to fog machines. However, without a single doubt in my mind, this is the best camera to buy when you’re into nature photography or like shooting sports – nothing in this price range even comes close. I had a lot of fun using it and with just a little better image quality at high ISO ranges it would have been a no-brainer as the ultimate all-round camera.

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

Testing the new Canon 7D mark ii

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