Gateway to the Temple of Heaven

Number 5 in the App Store

On launch day! It is amazing! Thanks for getting 100 Cameras in 1 into the Top 5 in the Photography category!

Thanks VERY MUCH everyone… you guys and gals are awesome! Β See that #3 app up there? Β That’s Camera+ from my friend Lisa Bettany — I’ve recommended that one before and I still do. Give it a try for the holiday season too.

Update Submitted to App Store!

We’ve already submitted an update to the app store… so we are just waiting on approval from Apple! We’ve been seeing photos and comments from all over the world. People in dozens of countries around the world are creating fun and fresh photos… it’s all more exciting than I even expected.

Anyway, for the update, here is a list of new features / fun stuff / changes:

– Option to disable sound & music
– Adding option to dramatically increase resolution in cropping phase for each iPhone model (e.g. for iPhone 4, which is 2592×1936 pixels — the square is cropped to 1936×1936)
– Added ability to turn on/off cropping after you take the photo or select from Library
– Increased hit-size on the Save/Share buttons
– Upload to Flickr at maximum resolution for your given iPhone (in square format)
– No more character limits for Facebook/Flickr
– Max possible resolution photo now uploaded to Facebook
– Fixed a low-level system problem with crashing
– Fixed a rogue sound library problem that was causing crashes
– Optimized TwitPic upload size
– Memory and speed optimizations

Daily Photo – Gateway to the Temple of Heaven

I had an amazing opportunity in Beijing to get private access into the Temple of Heaven one morning. Well-costumed officials from the government met me before sunrise just outside the gates, where hundreds of early risers were already outside doing exercises and preparing for a national holiday. The nice men pulled out ornate keys and opened up the private doors to let me in. I had about 90 minutes to take photos of everything as the sun rose. It was a great day of shooting!

This is one of those places that has many perfect lines, shapes, and other interesting angles for composing photos. It’s almost impossible to take a bad shot! There were nice clouds and nice light on this cool morning, so I considered myself very lucky in many regards!

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • Cool Shot and composition! Are those the doors we see in red?

  • Trey, looks like the temple at Epcot is a replica of this? How cool!

  • casusan

    Oh wow! Beautiful Trey – just what I would expect the ‘Temple of Heaven’ to look like – would love to have been there and walked up those stairs – awesome!! Can’t wait to see more shots from there. Congrats on the app success also!

  • Awesome shot! Man, I envy you. Being in there must have been an amazing experience. Congrads on reaching #5 already. That’s pretty impressive! I’ll start using that hash tag on shots I throw on twitter

  • Love the composition and wispy clouds on this. Well done.

  • Awesome photo. Great framing here Trey!

  • I’m with Eugene – the framing works wonders. Quite an incredible place.

    I know I was a wee bit negative about the new iphone app yesterday (for which I felt terrible and am sorry) but i’m glad to see it doing well in the photography app chart – great work which will definitely enhance the quality of mobile phone images!

    So, I finally got all my photos from New York finished and up on Flickr – there’s a pretty mixed bag of Panoramas from the top of the Empire State Building, night shots of Times Square and some street and portrait stuff. I was really busy over there and put alot of effort into them when I got back home so It would be cool if all my friends on here would go and check them out…..

  • Congrats on the app doing so well! I’ve got the app, and spent half of yesterday playing around with it. I like it!

    I like the temple shot. Magical light.

  • Beautiful shot and love the natural framing!

  • Congrats Trey – several of my readers tried it out based on my article and said they loved it! Looks like you have a winner!

    Ron Martinsen

  • Simon Morris

    Yep, nice use of framing and composition… must have been quite overwhelming when the doors opened, great shot!
    Nice work Andy in NY… you captured plenty of good images, excellent! Do you use Photomatix for HDR processing?

  • Patrick Ahles

    Super shot, Trey!

  • Woa! Great shot. The contrasts in colors and as you mentioned the lines are great!

  • Matt

    Love you pictures! Are you planning on making a android version of you app?

  • Nice app, Trey! One teeny request… give us the option to turn off the startup sound. It’s hard to sneak a photo with that πŸ™‚

  • Thanks everyone!

    Simon – Yes using Photomatix still…

  • Awesome image, love this! The temple stairs remind me a lot of those you see in the Mayan culture. It looks like there’s a lot of really cool places to photo in China. Did you run into any days or places where there were problems with the smog?

  • Thanks Vicki!

    Carl – oh yes – that’s already in the update and submitted to app store.

  • Marc

    Trey, you lucky guy! The only day I coupd go to the Temple of Heaven, we were about 7 million visitors! What would I have given to have this celestial place all for myself for just an hour!

    Superb shot by the way.


  • Your 100 Cameras in 1 application is, great! Very cool idea.


  • David Woods


    Great shot. I have been there with many hundreds of others. How luck you are !!


  • Thanks!

    Marc and David – yes I feel very lucky indeed!

    Jim – hey thanks mate!

  • Simon I don’t know whether you were asking me or Trey about using Photomatix but to answer that one, yes it’s what I use for all of my HDR’s – Photomatix is to me is what Rambo’s knife is to him -essential kit hehe!

  • You are indeed a lucky man to have such access. Thanks for sharing the view with the rest of us who will likely never be there, and not at a moment like this one.

  • My Santa letter: Please either (a) bring in good [any] ATT coverage here where I live or (b) make the Verizon/I-Phone rumors true. Then I can get this app.

    Plan B: Trey ports the app to Blackberry Storm.

    Please, Please, Santa….

  • Awesome`what a great experience. I can only repeat “great framing”

  • Coming out with an app for Android? I have seen updates from you occasionally from an Android device… *confused…

  • Wow .. Stunning pic Trey. Cool shot.
    Gotta go there after this global economic crisis…

  • nice shot…. a little bit twaeking of the perpectivic distortion and you have it symetric (easy done with PS in seconds…so no excuse here πŸ˜‰

    congrats for you sucsess of the iphone app toy

  • Gabriela

    Nice picture, but I wonder when you have taken it…

    I’ve been in Beijing a few times and never ever saw any clouds in the sky. The sky on Beijing is more like a ceiling of pollution…even in a “sunny” day, I never saw the sun! In fact, I think Beijing has the worst sky for photography…
    And what time did you take that picture so that there is no one there? Temple of Heaven is always crowded…
    I’d like to know, so the next time I go there, I’ll try to be there at the same time… πŸ˜‰

  • Thanks all!

    Gabriella – yes clouds are SO rare there yes? It was a lucky morning. I have many more of this Temple with AMAZING clouds right at sunrise — this was taken about 30 minutes after the sun came up.

    Jacob – Yes – I have an Android and that version is on the horizon! πŸ™‚

  • Simon Morris

    Andy, yes the question about Photomatix was ‘aimed’ at you… thanks for confirming πŸ™‚
    But hey, I killed 2 birds with 1 stone by also getting Trey’s confirmation, thanks… so Unified Color Expose hasn’t taken over the planet just yet! πŸ˜‰

  • This image is off the scale Trey!!!! Bravo!!

    Congrats on the app – looks like a winner, I would give it a spin but no vices to run it on right now -;0)

    Cheers from the heart and a Happy Holiday and New Year to you your family and friends.

  • Awesome picture Trey I love the framing and all the leading lines. Also, congrats on the app! Any chance that us android owners will see it? πŸ˜€

  • Narayan Prabhakar

    soooooooooooooooooooper TREY.. you keep outdoing yourself every time.. love this pic..

  • hehe thanks – yes the Android version is on the horizon! πŸ™‚

  • I’m dying for the Android version!!

  • I can’t believe this app is only 1.99, I’d pay more than that for the Android version. πŸ™‚

  • Gail in Montana

    Great photo, Trey. On to the next one πŸ™‚

  • Wow, really a super image.

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