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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

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.

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.

2011-11-25 Pack4Dreamhack DJ Hance op mainstage

Gisteravond heeft DJ Hance van onze groep Pack4Dreamhack een optreden van bijna een uur gegeven op de Mainstage. Was een zeer lekkere mix die hij draaide! Daarop ging het publiek lekker los en hiervan alle gelegenheid gehad om foto’s van te schieten.

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2011-11-25 Pack4Dreamhack Tymdreglage/Ninjamoped en Mainstageteam

De tijd vliegt voorbij.Diep in de nacht was er nog een optreden van Rymdreglage / Ninjamoped. Dit was een show met hun muziek waarbij de act was het spelen/verwerken van bananen op verschillende manieren. Enkele foto’s gemaakt om een indruk te geven wat deze heren nu deden:

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Daarna gaan slapen en de dag wat rond gelopen. Uiteindelijk bij de mainstage geweest en hierachter geweest. Samen op pad met Videoteam dat ons dit jaar vergezelt. Deze hadden een interview met 2 personen en zijn druk bezig om dit om te zetten. Hiervan heb ik maar besloten wat foto’s te schieten die hiermee te maken hebben.

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2011-11-24 Pack4Dreamhack Optreden van E-type

Gisteravond was er een show van E-type. Dit was een prima show met leuk gebruik van lasers. De foto’s heb ik vanaf de Intel stand gemaakt die dit jaar een gaaf uitzicht over de grote zaal hebben. Door gebruik te maken van mijn allround en tele lens hele leuke plaatjes kunnen schieten.

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2011-11-24 – Random impressie van Dreamhack

Na een dag rondgelopen te hebben best wel wat foto’s geschoten. Hiervan is het meer een random galerij geworden. Dit kwam mede doordat de opening in mijn ogen wat tegenviel. Die van vorig jaar Winter was toch indrukwekkender. Maar goed, zal de foto’s maar niet onthouden 😉

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2011-11-24 – Pack4Dreamhack Aankomst

Na een lange busreis zijn we alweer ruim een halve dag aanwezig op Dreamhack Winter 2011. Dit jaar waren we ruim een half jaar te vroeg op het terrein. Oorzaken hiertoe waren dat het weer niet zo koud en sneeuwig was als vorig jaar.

Dit jaar met 2 bussen en ~150 personen. Hiervan hebben wij in Zweden een groepsfoto gemaakt:

De foto’s van de reis hier na toe:

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