The Chinese Mothership

Thanks!  And New Version coming Soon!

A few days ago, I asked if you had media connections to help with 100 Cameras in 1.  And now we have stories on Wired, The LA Times, TUAW, AppAdvice, Toucharcade, and many more!  And this was in addition to the Gizmodo / Kotaku reviews…  Thanks very much! You guys rock!  

This helped us to finally pass Camera+, which is quite an accomplishment!  BTW, I keep advising that you pick up Camera+ too since my friend Lisa made it… support your local internet artist! :)

Even though these ratings vacillate, you might be interested to know that we are in the top 0.16% of all the 300,000 apps in the store.  Amazing!  In the US, we’ve stayed in the top 10 all week for photography.  For that category in other countries, we hit #3 in the Netherlands, #8 in Australia, #9 in Brazil, #3 in Finland, #8 in France, #4 in Argentina, #5 in Belgium, #7 in India, and #6 in New Zealand!  Thanks countries of the world!  We’re working on some amazing updates with secret surprises… stay tuned.

Oh China, let’s be friends!

As opposed to the stats above, in China, we are a depressing #268. Oh China, why oh why? We’ve been such good friends, and I’ve tried to take such pretty pictures of you, China. Don’t be like that. Maybe I just need a Chinese version of the app, but I’m not sure how to do that.

Even worse, in Russia, we are #310. Was it something I said? Oh China and Russia… I don’t wanna fight… can’t we just be friends?

Daily Photo – The Chinese Mothership

Look at this magical place in Beijing… it’s on the edge of belief.

I could hardly fathom the nature of this place. I expected the lights to appear on the grid with melodic tones a mystical, alien language, like in Close Encounters. But none of that happened… So I just stood there for a long time, thinking about how incredible this place was… and took my time, setting up my system for a fitting photograph.

Remember when we were kids, and we never finished our food, even under the threat of starving children in China? Now, I say to my kids, you better eat your food, or else Chinese children will grow up and create an economic powerhouse. Well too late for that!

This is the amazing National Centre for the Performing Arts, or as I like to say, the 国家大剧院 — I find that rolls of the tongue a bit easier.

The Chinese Mothership

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  • “The” Gino

    Whuuu… whuuu.. whut is it? If the mothership landed in front of me I think I would be less stunned. That thing is awesome! Only the Chinese could come up with a building like that. And then fund it. Now if we can just get them to stop rolling tanks over their students when they protest. One step at a time I guess.

  • http://none Louis

    I like the shape and the pastel effect so peaceful looking as well and no one but yourself thats how it sometimes should be
    8 is not bad for down under taking in account that we are large in land are but people are few
    Thanks for sharing.

  • casusan

    Oh wow – super awesome Trey – beuatiful! I had to stare at it for about 5 minutes! Yes, it does look like the mothership! I know you later walked right up to it and checked it out! Super shot Trey!

  • Z

    Whoa! It’s awesome.

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  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    gorgeous! well done, Trey. I think I’ve been missing these types of larger than life images… this is absolutely spectacular, though. Perfectly done.

  • Simon Morris

    WOW, absolutely stunning place Trey… excellent post-processing too :-)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157625495017836/ Andy Bird

    I love the blue light from the right blending into the warm colours on the left. I watched close encounters a while I was sick a fortnight ago – I forgot how excellent it was!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/54544483@N05/ Eden Brackstone

    Epic, that is one amazing building… The reflection sells that shot!
    I’m on a bit of a sunset spree, we had a few awesome ones here in Queenstown recently. So I’m uploading them one at a time ;-)
    The other nights was pretty special:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5387445110/

  • http://chasingtheshot.wordpress.com/ Chapperingo

    That is one amazing reflection ! :O A stunning picture Trey !

  • Patrick Ahles

    I had to let this one soak in for a few minutes, I didn’t know where to look! Superb shot!

  • http://www.mdsimages.com Michael S. / MDSimages

    Oh yeah, thats MUCH easier to say in Chinese! Congrats on the app success Trey. You deserve it. Keep up the insanely cool work :)

  • Jaemes

    Wow! Thats incredibleeee!

  • Gail in Montana

    I agree with all of the above, Trey. What an amazing place and photo!!! Love the colors in the photo, what a brilliant blue!!!! Thanks for sharing the “Mothership”, lol. Lots of close encounters going on all over the world, well, UFO sightings, anyway ;-)

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith

    Stunning shot! I love the color and reflection. It is hard to tell where the building ends and the reflection begins. In such low light, how long were the exposures?

  • Richard (oldhickory)

    All I can say about this one is, “Wow!”

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! I’m glad y’all like this one as much as I do!

  • Max

    wow, wow & WHOA

  • http://www.mytravelinglens.com my.

    Wow! Stunning! I’d like to see a video of you rolling off those few Chinese words off your tongue. LOL

    Michelle

  • http://www.awoodpix.co.uk Andy Wood

    WHOA! Excellent shot Trey!
    Nice to hear you last night at that online interview thing. Some excellent points well made :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/drummondwilson Drummond Wilson

    This is simply stunning!!

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    The Chinese seem to be on the leading edge for modern architecture. It makes me wish we had more vision like that here in the states.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruce-camera/5169407078/ Bruce

    Yup, you can stay.

  • http://www.4colourprogress.com Chris Robinson

    Awesome shot Trey, caught my eye and held it there for a long time! thats the sign of an epic photo :)

  • http://susancarrollseger.blogspot.com Susan Carroll-Seger

    Yes, that’s a show stopper!!! Definitely other wordly…

  • Dad’s Dad

    Boom-I agree with all the above. Listened to your interview ayer. Was great after they got the sound issues somewhat worked out.

  • http://vickiwilsonphotos.wordpress.com Vicki Wilson

    This is really awesome! I love the way the light is reflected on the building, it makes it look like a hologram of some sort. It’s a photo that you just keep wanting to look at, great shot!

  • gernot

    excellent shot trey and maybe you can say thank you to the great firewall :(

  • Tom in BC

    Apart from the stunning beauty of this shot, I’m amazed by it’s sharpness and clarity. And no grain at all. These are the things I strive for the most with HDR and this is a mac-daddy of look-what-you-can-do shots. Simply spectacular. The translucent floor too…. wow.

  • http://www.jonwhitephotography.com jon

    Trey – have you heard of ai weiwei? Chinese architect, photographer, artist – designed in part the ‘birds nest’ olympic stadium and doing some amazing installations around the world at present. There was an excellent BBC ‘imagine’ documentary on him recently, you’d love if you could get hold of it.

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Amazing, Trey. Your shots of China have really brought to life what I’ve been reading for years about the Chinese trending toward becoming the dominant superpower. The vibrance and creativity evident in these new buildings speak to a culture that is just beginning to show the world what it can do. Great capture.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks everyone!

    Jon – yes I have heard of that guy… very famous!

  • http://www.atmtxphoto.com/ atmtx photography

    This is spectacular, Trey. One of my favorites.

  • Julie

    The Chinese really are amazing in their architectural creations. The reflection is part of the whole and you did an amazing job capturing it. You do a great job of showing the world the beauty of this stunning country.

  • http://www.christophersproul.smugmug.com chris sproul

    Excellent!!!! think you’re definately right Trey,国家大剧院 does roll off the tongue easier. :)

  • Henry

    Nice contrast to the Globe Theatre.

  • http://www.lecamera4u.com Mike

    You did your homework on setting up this shot.You captured this beautiful piece of architecture in a very allureing way.

  • http://Alexanderfilatov.com Alex Filatov

    Fantastic image Trey. Great color and use of symmetry!

  • Sheree Altobelle

    Beautiful colors and tones…amazing how the reflection seems to be part of the building

  • http://from2withlove.blogspot.com Beta

    Fantastic image and processing!

  • http://dybowski.flg.pl Michal Dybowski

    Fantastic Photo… as usual. Great noise reduction!

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    Incredible Trey!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lens_adventurer/ Martin

    Extremely cool! I actually think you outdo one of your (in my eyes) signature shots: The Taj Mahal shot in all warm colours. I like the similarity with the vertical split colour sky. Fantastic picture! C-:

  • http://www.bfhstudios.com/blog/ Brian

    Wow, who says you need clouds to make a great HDR?!

  • Xiaoli Chen

    Great shot Trey! And guess what, you got yourself a Chinese fan right here since forever ago. You know we tend to call this 国家大剧院 the boiling egg?
    Shame the air condition in Beijing is a bit of a mess, or you could get a better night sky texture on this one.

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