Long silence on my blog

It is been a while i blogged something. So a short catchup on what all happened.
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During the cold times we had a small reunion of the MBO study i did. In the short time it was organized we couldn’t complain about the amount of people that showed up. Had some dinner and then went to some pubs/bars having a good evening and night.

Later on there was a new exposition opened at the AES Artworks gallery. Made some photos on request, but must say some impressive art was made.
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Then there was The Party 11, which was a great joy again, seeing a lot of gamers hitting the competition. Did see some great matches and of course played some board games, like i do mainly lately, no computer, just a table and a game.
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Had a great time on The Party, but all good things come to and end, so the new month started. Had some busy weeks ahead, even with photographing it wasn’t a boring time, unfortunately most photos made during this month are private. (Wedding, weekend away with friends, family) But decided to pick some neutral photos from the weekend away in Belgium.
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During this weekend the board of the students association also decided to get a new photos for there time as board.
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So as you can see the blog maybe silence, but i do still make photos for various groups/goals. If i find the time i will try to blog a bit more, but lately that is difficult due to busy weeks/months. Next stop i possible will blog again will be Sweden. It is time for Dreamhack next month, so gonna Pack4Dreamhack again.

Dreamhack Winter 2012 Recap!

After the summer version it was time for the winter edition of Dreamhack. After my first summer edition this is my third winter edition. This of course as photographer of Pack4Dreamhack. For me the trip always starts in Enschede, the last option to get on the bus. From here we travel through Germany, Denmark and then across Sweden to arrive in Jönköping. During this trip we took two times the boat. After the second boat the packers decided to hit the dust. This results in a quiet bus with only the drivers and maybe two others awake. The trip went without problems. Result: arrive 7:15, a small line already in front of the entrance, inside no lights where burning yet.
So the waiting started, it was cold outside, this resulted that most packers did stay inside the bus. After the entrance bands where gained, the group pictures was taken:
All the packers rushed in to our places. First thing that was noticeable was the setup of hall B was changed, more space for esport and of course the extension of the hall. During my first walk through the different halls some changes where made. The watching of esport was mainly concentrated in hall B. Hall C the esport players where still around with less stand or reporting on projectors of the battles (mainly in hall B located now). Hall D the biggest of all had the less changes, main stage was on same location as last time, only different is some improvement like Christmas trees, DJ boot with ice blocks looks, other build of the trusts.
During the afternoon the official opening was taking place, this with fire and frost (co2) show. It was better then the last times i was on the event, felt more like the first time Dreamhack! After the official part the openings act was for a packer of us, DJ Dixz. It was early but already some people joined the dance floor for this, still a lot of empty seats in the halls, but that does not matter to enjoy a good show!

Full set can be watched on youtube: DixZ – Dreamhack Winter 2012
Pack4Dreamhack recap on youtube: Dixz @ Mainstage – Intel Pack4DreamHack

After the show i decided to get the photos done and lay down for a while. During the walk towards my sleeping location i figured out Headhunterz would run a show within two hours. So lay down for almost one hour and headed back to the event.

When i arrived and walked towards the backstage of the main stage i saw a huge audience already. That was something new for me, did see a lot of shows, but not that large amount of people waiting for an artist during Dreamhack.

When Headhunterz went onstage his name was shouted by the audience. Took photos from different location to give an impression how immense it was.

After the show Headhunterz went on photo with fans and such.

Guess it where around 300 people standing outside the backstage waiting for this. After he got back in the crew of Dreamhack also wanted to go with him on the photo. I know he is the number 1 Hardstyle DJ, but this surprised me even. Had even a talk with him and his manager. Great people to talk with and they also did not expect something like this on a lanparty! Thanks for the show Headhunterz!

Pack4Dreamhack recap on youtube:  Headhunterz at Dreamhack – Intel Pack4DreamHack

Friday was a bit of a slacking day for me, took some photos here and there. Talked with some known people and met even some new people. We went out for dinner and had a good evening, even played a game! Worms it was with friends, we had a good and joyful time. In the end it was 4 o clock when i headed to bed.

Saturday I needed to be out on time for something special.  The reason is simple: Pong Competition on main stage! The story behind it: We had a person with the nickname Stitch among the packers. Along came an Atari 2600 Jr. (1984) and the game Pong. This a really a old skool retro game! Stitch also does a lot back in the Netherlands with retro gaming. The group is called Awesome Retro and collection all kind of awesome vintage gaming consoles and their accessories. The main stage slot was already arranged without testing the game(the game was just picked up before leaving to Sweden). So we tested it and had already fun with it! Next things Stitch arranged where a TV, prices and some hands to help him out during the competition on the main stage.The Dreamhack Media Team found it a challenge to make it possible, they do all things digital. The fun part, none did know what to expect. When it started the line was there instant, think it started with 20 people and later on around 140 people standing in the line to play against each other.

The movie is posted on youtube: Pong Competition – Dreamhack Winter 2012
Due to copyrights not possible to watch in The Netherlands, here an other link: Awesome Retro Pong.

In the evening the final of Starcraft 2 was played in DreamArena Kinnarps Arena, which is the icehockey venue Kinnarps Arena in Jönköping. Last time it was here i was at an other final. The matches went fast and so the final was done within 50 minutes. Final for Starcraft means best of 7. It ended 4 to 0 for Hero, who steamrolled his teammate TaeJa. Impressive to see the matches inside an Arena. So here some impression photos of it:

After the final of Starcraft 2 it was time to do all the photos that i have at that point. This so i could put them online before getting some rest and have a fresh start for the way back. Which went fine and made it possible to be home around 11:30 in the evening. Putting some stuff away and headed to bed.

All photos during our trip can be find on https://www.facebook.com/Pack4DreamHack
Thanks all for the amazing event1

Busy times, but all going fine!

Typical for me, barely updating my blog… even with taking photos the whole period between the lost post and this one.

So what happened after CampZone? Like the usual activity, heading to Scheveningen for the Fireworks show! It was not that great like the years before, but after all we are there with a group of friends having a good time and that part was successfully!

Two weeks later the intro week of the student association Gumbo Millennium had arrived. On request i shot some photos. Unfortunately they are private, so can not post any of this here.

In the weekend following after the intro week, work organized a visit to De Efteling. We, mainly Duh-Events related colleagues, decided to go as soon the park was opened. The weather was very good for the time of the year, this resulted in a large amount of visitors. Lucky we could enter the park by a side entrance. All with all we had a great day within the park and afterwards a part of the group had dinner, which also was great.

A wedding in the same month and some other activity which again where private so no photos on those subjects. It was a joy to do, but still you learn new things, this with taking the photos and afterwards during editing the colors or fixing the light on subjects. But two other events which where not private. This where The ZHTC Highland games and Masterlan 8.

The ZHTC Highland Games have for some reason always nice weather, even if it is almost October when it takes place. This results in a joyful day and of course good battle between the different teams.

Masterlan 8 had a good fun compo again. Even by not taking part of it, i ended up as stand in. This due somebody got injured. All with all it was a lot of fun again.

During the time we had one other event, this was Barcraft. Fun part, new location! All with all, more room, but a bit less light. The atmosphere was good like we used to on the other location. This was the 4th edition and seems the new location is a good place to continue.

And now it is time for Dreamhack again. This of course with Pack4Dreamhack. I asked a friend for a fisheye. Hopefully that is going to give us some new options to make content with for our event. Looking forward to the trip and already enjoying the thought Headhunterz is going to spin some records there!

CampZone 2012

After Dreamhack Summer 2012 i had the plan to write an other blog about it, this never happened. Now we moved a bit in time and an other event moved by, this one is called CampZone. It was the 12th edition of this event.

The role i had was head of the activity’s and of course making photos. This for various purposes. The “random” photos you see here:
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Had a great time once again, even with some small issue’s that occurred, it is all part of the game. All the photos of me can be found on the Facebook page of CampZone:

Doubt i have time writing blogs with photos i make over time… it is a busy time with a lot of time away from home. Guess going on my own did not change a lot yet.

Dreamhack: the first 2 days

After 2 days of Dreamhack, we are still around and having lots of fun! First day was a relaxing day, had a walk around, took photos, edit them and even played some games. During winter 2011 only played a game for 2 hours!

The second day started with sleeping, this was for 6 hours… then went back and decided to talk with some known crewmembers of dreamhack. Even visited the crew area.Had a chat with different persons of the crew, they are all nice to talk with and very helpfull. The chats where about Dreamhack, work, social life and other subjects.

After dinner we decided to film and photograph sleeping people, like we did last year. All this resulting in a lots of fun and ofcourse the movie:

Photos of the event are around on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pack4DreamHack/photos

For today, don’t know, will see where i’m up too!

A long while no blogs, but now again on Dreamhack

Not that i quit making photos, but it has been a rather busy time for me… took some photos, but mainly for closed groups. Today that changes! Again in Sweden for Dreamhack Summer 2012.

We started travling friday afternoon and had a good trip. A bit early but none cares due we could get out of the bus, make groupphoto. After this was done, Dreamhack was open. We went inside and that was around 8 am the morning of saterday.

Now on Dreamhack the first photos have been uploaded to the facebook page of Pack4Dreamhack. Even the first movie is online and viewable here. (or down here)

Will try to blog a bit during the event, the photo’s of me can be found on the facebook page of Pack4Dreamhack or the website.

The Party 10

Na een hele drukke periode op zowel werk als prive was het tijd voor The Party 10! Een evenement georganiseerd door Duh-Events. Gezien ik hiervoor vrijwillig een bijdrage lever op verschillende fronten heb ik mijn fototoestel maar weer eens tevoorschijn gehaald… deze bijna een half jaar niet aangeraakt omdat ik echt andere dingen te doen had.

Aangekomen op The Party 10 stond er een wachtrij, hier gelijk maar foto’s van gemaakt. Verder was het binnen ook al druk en leverde dit de eerste foto’s op. Na mezelf geïnstalleerd te hebben, kon Lightroom gelijk open om de foto’s te verwerken.

De opening maar enkele foto’s van geschoten. De intro van dit jaar was gemaakt door Double Dutch Clan. Zeer gaaf filmpje:

Na een korte nacht even rustig ontbijten en gekeken wat er allemaal te doen was. Met veel mensen bijgepraat en tussendoor wat foto’s geschoten. De avond stond in teken van een optreden van SquarElectric. De show was echt geweldig en leverde tevens leuke foto’s op waar we achteraf alweer flink om gelachen hebben. Tevens met de artiesten gepraat. Deze vonden het ook gaaf en hebben genoten. Altijd goed om te horen 🙂

Plannen om op bed te gaan zijn ontelbaar keer uitgesteld. Uiteindelijk met Lieneke Koenen een logo ontwerp gemaakt. Dit is het volgende logo geworden:

Hiervoor heel erg bedankt en ben erg blij met het resultaat! Nu nog zorgen dat deze linksonder bij foto’s komt!

Het is ook niet vroeg geworden en het was zo weer zondag. Hier weinig foto’s geschoten, behalve van de prijsuitreiking. Dit was zoals gewoonlijk weer iets later dan de geplande tijd 😉 Of wij het dus ooit gaan leren, denk het niet, gewoon zo verder gaan.

Naast een nieuw logo ook een nieuwe template gevonden. Deze zal de komende tijd misschien nog wat aangepast worden, maar voor nu lijkt het mij een verbetering ten opzichte van de vorige.

Foto’s zijn te vinden op Facebook en dan op The Party page! Hieronder een selectie van de foto’s die ik gemaakt heb:

2012-01-14 Op mezelf! *Updated*

Na een hele drukke periode eindelijk eens tijd om een blogje te schrijven. Tijdens Dreamhack de knoop door gehakt en besloten op mezelf te gaan met aanbod wat ik had gekregen voor een huurhuis. Appartement op 4 hoog te Zwolle Zuid met 2 slaapkamers, douche, wc, keuken die overloopt in de woonkamer, balkonnetje, het winkelcentrum zit om de hoek, wat boodschappen doen makkelijk maakt.Dit resulteerde naast mijn werk op een klus ook in privé sfeer verhuizen en zaken regelen. Halvwege de maand kwam daar nog bij dat 2e2 SR ook overging in andere organisatie en daardoor ook verhuizen ging. Daarbij tussen kerst en oud en nieuw geholpen.

Gelukkig had ik al wat geregeld voor oud en nieuw. Uitnodiging gehad om er een gezellig weekend van te maken in de buurt van de veluwe. Hier zijn we met een stuk of 15 personen het nieuwe jaar in gegaan! Daarna kon ik weer druk aan de bak voor zowel werk an prive. Ondertussen leef ik nu een week zonder meubels te Zwolle. Dit is wel even omschakelen en als het meezit dan komen komende week de meubels en zal het eindelijk wat meer inrichting krijgen.

Foto’s van de afgelopen tijd te Zwolle heb ik nog niet verwerkt. Deze zullen dus helaas op een later tijdstip worden toegevoegd aan deze blog.

Dan is het met de studentenvereniging ook nog eens een drukke tijd geweest. De tijd die over was ging op aan het opnieuw inrichten van de Gumbo Plaza WebCam PC. Deze was nodig aan vervanging toe. Hierin gelijk ook maar een simpele webcam aangeschaft voor beter beeld. Dit is een logitech c310 geworden. De eerste beelden vielen helemaal niet tegen en zelfs in het donker met weinig ligt resulteert dit in een prima beeld. Om de cams te bekijken, ja de oude is ook nog aangesloten, kun je hier terecht: http://www.gumbo-millennium.nl/webcam/. De lichtkrans tevens overgezet van de Plaza PC naar de Gumbo Plaza WebCam PC. Reden hiertoe was dat de machine altijd aanstaat en de andere nog wel eens door “gebruikers” om zeep wordt geholpen waardoor de tool niet meer werkt…

Dan nog het laatste stukje met betrekking tot Gumbo Millennium is dat het Dispuut waarvan ik deel uit maak ook 10 jaar is geworden. Dit gaat wij daarom ook vanavond vieren door eerst uiteten te gaan en dan naar Het Vliegende Paard voor nog een borrel en de verschillende genodigden! Hierbij zullen we tevens nieuwe kleding in gebruik gaan nemen. Erg benieuwd hoe dit er is gaan uitzien.


2011-11-28 Pack4Dreamhack is over

After a stunning trip with a lot of fun and joy it, is over… But it was worth it! We had a bad travel back… Weather was way to windy causing damage to the buses. A bridge was shutdown due to the weather and so on… in the end our trip back was longer then expected. On the other hand I had a great time in bus 1. Downstairs the most people of Pack4Dreamhack didn’t sleep but just having conversations resulting in a lot of fun.

Today I finished all the photos taken by me. Those are all on facebookpage of the group: http://www.facebook.com/Pack4DreamHack

This marks the end of dreamhack for me and who knows what next time will bring. Already know that I need to get a flash for the camera, really great to have!

Some photos of the whole trip to give an impression:

2011-11-26 Pack4Dreamhack creating a 10 Gigapixel Photo!

In the begin I was talking with a person from Intel that does things with photos from Dreamhack. Creating mosaics with only photos taken on Dreamhack 2011 winter.

The goal was to create a Gigapixel photo this event. First attempt was with almost 2000 photos to create a 10 gigapixel photo. It was done in less then 50 minutes. Only problem was, photoshop CS5 couldn’t open it… so we had no option to watch it…

Then created a 1 gigapixel version. that worked. After talking with an other visitor of the event the rendering was separated in different parts. By combining those in photoshop we managed to create a 10 gigapixel photo. Only problem is the size, it is almost 28 gig in size with a huge ass resolution… 122473 pixels width and 81649 pixels height. Around 3000 photos of the event from different people where used.

Nice fact it is a Pack4Dreamhacker spinning the wheels and of course Intel is one of our sponsor for the trip. The hardware used for making it possible is the edge of Intel there new i7 cores. To create bigger images it would take more time and also needs more space on harddrive, the temp files where already 1,5 terrabyte! Memory usage by photoshop was peaking at 28 gig (out of 32 gig mem).

Was lovely to help out with photos of mine and thinking of how to make this possible, learned a lot on graphics from the Intel guys that are around here.

Photos and by times Blogs!