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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

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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2011-03-17 – 2011-03-20 – Wintersport

Het was weer tijd voor wintersport met de Zaak. Ditmaal zaten we in Gerlos. Vorig jaar was het Bad Gastein. Het aantal personen dat mee ging was een stuk lager dan voorgaande jaren. Er was één bus en hierin was ruimte over waardoor redelijk wat personen een tweezitsplek voor zichzelf hadden. Dit vond niemand erg. De bus had voor de verandering ook voldoende beenruimte waardoor je heerlijk kon zitten. De reis begon voor sommigen al in Bilthoven, maar voor de meesten in Zevenaar. Hier eerst avondeten genoten en toen zijn we vertrokken. Onderweg de berg op was het regen, natte sneeuw en sneeuw.

De heenreis was eerste zes a zeven uur wakker zijn. Toen geslapen voor een uurtje of vier. De aankomst was na zevenen ‘s ochtends. Gelijk het hotel in voor ontbijt. Daarna was het tijd voor omkleden en vertrokken we naar de pistes. Hier tot begin van de middag vermaakt, het was fris met sneeuw en wind, weinig zon genoten. Toen even in centrum geweest om wat te eten, Pizza!. Daarna naar hotel en gebruik gemaakt van het zwembad, sauna enzo. Toen het avond en weer naar centrum voor de apreski. Helaas was de week voor mij al van weinig slaap en lag ik rond half twaalf uitgeteld op bed… om twee uur later wakker te worden van kamergenoten die een grap aan het uithalen waren 😉

Dag 2 was voor mij de insteek om foto’s te schieten en met de wandelgroep mee te gaan. Wij hebben ons erg vermaakt met offpiste wandelen, helaas was dat erg intensief en verdween je soms tot je middel in de sneeuw. Het weer was beter dan gisteren, maar nog steeds veel bewolking en zo nu en dan sneeuw. Desondanks een hele leuke dag gehad die de middag ook weer in het zwembad, bubbelbad en sauna eindigden. Avond eten genoten en toen voor langere tijd naar centrum. Hier heel veel plezier gehad. De terugweg was wat moeizaam, gelukkig zijn we toch weer in de kamer aangekomen.

De laatste ochtend doe je de deur open… staat er plots een haan voor de deur… had dit nu iets met de grap van de nacht ervoor te maken? Tja, van je collega’s moet je het maar hebben en hierom hebben we dan ook weer flink kunnen lachen 🙂 Toen iedereen eens in de bus zat begon de terugreis. Helaas voor ons was het toen heerlijk weer met veel zon en een blauwe lucht… ach soms zit het mee en soms zit het tegen…

Alle andere foto’s die geselecteerd waren staan hieronder in een Galerij: