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Good morning....thanks for all you comments and help in choosing an image for the Scott Kelby competition.
Images of the Bo-Kaap today, a colourful glimpse of a part of Cape Town....

Walking into the colourful Bo Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town is like going from Black and white to amazing technicolor. The Bo Kaap, in the shadow of Signal hill, is in the heart of Cape Town. The earliest members of the ethnic group known today as Cape Malay arrived as slaves brought to Cape Town in the 17th Century by the Dutch (The Dutch East India Company) from Southeast Asia. Cape Malays also came from India as well as Madacascer,Malaysia and the Phillippines.
The bright colours that are now emblamatic of the neighbourhood is a more recent phenomenon, starting in the 90's after the end of apartheid. Painting their Georgian styled houses in bright cheerful colours was a way to express happiness and joy and has developed into a tradition throughout the neighborhood.
The Dutch eradicated their identities by giving them new Surnames, mostly the month of the year they arrived. You will find a lot of the surnames such as January, September, October and November are still used today.
Have a nice dayGrin

Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Aug 2013 - 1:30 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Rainbow nation
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:9 Oct 2013 - 6:48 AM
Tags:Architecture, Bo-Kaap, Cape town
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ddolfelin Plus Member 373 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 6:50 AM

That's a terrific image and story.
Thanks for that, Colleen.


Last Modified By ddolfelin at 9 Oct 2013 - 6:51 AM
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 6:54 AM

What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of apartheid, Colleen, and a fine set of images to show us. I love the presentation of V.1, closely followed by the rather enchanting scene in V.5. Carol

Hermanus  3 South Africa
9 Oct 2013 - 6:57 AM

Some of the best Bo-Kaap images I have seen Colleen Smile Excellent stuff - and a super right up too Grin

Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:00 AM

Excellent and beautiful set. Thanks for the additional information. Sad Peter

HarrietH Plus Member 5279 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
9 Oct 2013 - 7:08 AM

Really beautiful colours, a lovely celebration idea. Beautiful shots too Colleen.


pink Plus Member 122736 forum postspink vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:08 AM

versions 2 and 6 for me but a great set of images, would make a nice montage

9 Oct 2013 - 7:12 AM

That's lovely - a fine tradition. Superb shots and interesting write up too. Smile


LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:17 AM

Nice work and a fine description.

SUE118 Plus Member 7SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:23 AM

What super colours and wonderful captures. Reminds me of God's paintbox. Delightful.SmileSmile

Nikonuser1 Plus Member 3Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:30 AM

Colourfull set of Images Colleen, great introSmile


Ted447 Plus Member 2119 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:37 AM

Beautiful set of glorious coloured images and interesting info.TedGrinGrin

cats_123 Plus Member 114376 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:41 AM

Wonderfully colourful...my eye is drawn to the full frame of V2 - make a great poster/greeting card GrinGrin

ugly Plus Member 7ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 7:42 AM

Great colours and shapes..

Well seen and taken...


DilysT Plus Member 4DilysT vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 8:04 AM

Oooh fantastic blocks if colour!

briantjjones Plus Member 2briantjjones vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 8:11 AM

Colleen, What a stunning set of images I love the composition and colours, V2 is my favourite and thgey certainly cheered me up on a cool and grey day Smile

Brian J.

widtink  3406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 8:12 AM

Quote: Oooh fantastic blocks if colour!

V6 is my fave Colleen SmileSmile


MalcolmM Plus Member 10286 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 8:21 AM

Colourful, well-composed & interesting. All excellent.

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 8:37 AM

bold and beautiful
love the one with the child especially

Last Modified By barbarahirst at 9 Oct 2013 - 8:38 AM
capto Plus Member 32825 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:00 AM

What a colourful place, fantastic.Smile


NDODS Plus Member 54361 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:03 AM

Great colours, beautiful lines, great perspectives, wonderful captures Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
9 Oct 2013 - 9:10 AM

A great set of bright and colourful images Colleen. Interesting info as well.

kathrynlouise Plus Member 4421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:30 AM

Brilliant Colleen. Fabulous series and write up. V5 for me, captured such a look of innocence on that young face.
Love them all, I should love to live in a house painted pink or purple Grin


marshfam19 Plus Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 9:34 AM

Lovely set of images and a really interesting description and history of the area.


DicksPics Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 9:43 AM

What a wonderful set of images and such an interesting description, Colleen!


lesliea Plus Member 6lesliea vcard Australia
9 Oct 2013 - 9:58 AM

Very nice sets of images great colours well captured.

EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 10:17 AM

The colours all seem to compliment each other - a lovely set Colleen. Also enjoyed reading your description.

Irishkate Plus Member 533 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 10:31 AM

Whilst subtle colours work well in some areas, it is great to come across
a colourful row of houses like these. The strong contrast in V4 is remarkable
and the child dressing in V5 is lovely.
Interesting narrative about names.

Tish1 Plus Member 2Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 10:52 AM

Very Brightonesk here Colleen and an excellent write up! Love the angles you have emphasised, these are exceptionally well shot.


prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 11:21 AM

Very well composed pics.

9 Oct 2013 - 11:42 AM

love them all Colleen and thanks for the narrative


Danny1970 Plus Member 261 forum postsDanny1970 vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 11:54 AM

Beatifully done Colleen, I love the colours and shapesSmile....interesting write up as well!


mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:43 PM

Very colourful houses indeed Colleen.
And well kept too !!
Interesting set.

S_Psharma  3 India1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:47 PM

Afine set of images each image is a beauty.

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 12:49 PM

It's so nice to see colourful houses like these, as on the Venetian island of Burano (though a different style), they're so bright and cheery Smile A lovely set, Colleen, make great pattern / abstracts...think V2 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile

Jenny-D Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 12:54 PM

Wonderful images and very interesting write up Colleen.

Jenny Smile

taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 1:22 PM

Fascinating history and brilliant images make a great set here!

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 2:08 PM

Fantastic set Colleen, no way could I select an individual image
the colours on the houses so unusual and exotic

williamsloan Plus Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 2:20 PM

great colourful images.


ali63 Plus Member 3697 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 4:02 PM

stunning images Colleen,

Ali Grin

Mike_Smith Plus Member 8240 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 4:10 PM

Lovely composition in these Colleen, and stunning colours too. Are you still on the photography course or was it a days one

Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 4:10 PM

How lovely.... multicoloured housesGrinGrinGrin
Lovely captures Colleen!

kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
9 Oct 2013 - 4:20 PM

Bo-Kaap loks really wonderful ! Very beautiful colours. I cant pic one,i like all of them ! -------- Wink OK, maybe V6 after all............Grin Jukka.

netta1234 Plus Member 3259 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 6:21 PM

Verry colourful set of imagesSmile

Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 7:01 PM

Marvellous set, Colleen. Particularly like V2 & V6 Grin


jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
9 Oct 2013 - 7:35 PM

Superb colours and patterns


alansnap Plus Member 11561 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2013 - 8:14 PM

I loved this area when we were there in 2007. A well captued set of graphic images.

Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 - 9:00 PM

What a lovely set Colleen. Love all the different colours. Amazing and love the write up. Cathy

Last Modified By Holmewood at 9 Oct 2013 - 9:01 PM
9 Oct 2013 - 10:06 PM

Excellent collection of images of these colourful houses.


kel55  3 United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 7:04 AM

Nice shot Colleen , cropped a bit tighter to fill the full frame with the colours of the buildings works best for me , cool shots

10 Oct 2013 - 8:40 AM

A beautiful series Colleen; V5 and V6 my favourites. Thank you for the background information too.


ValeryAst  3 Russian Federation
10 Oct 2013 - 9:54 AM

Very cute little houses, Colleen! It is necessary to offer this idea to ​​our mayor ...Smile
Regards Valery

Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 2:07 PM

COLOUR! A joy to the eye! Grin

ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 6:13 PM

Very interesting write-up, Colleen, and excellent shots of this colourful neighbourhood! Especially V4 Smile


johncob  5 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 8:24 PM

Colleen They are a wonderful set of images. A pleasure to look at. Regards John

BIGRY1 Plus Member 3BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2013 - 10:21 PM

A brilliant write up and brilliant images to match!Grin

lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2013 - 3:28 PM

Excellent colours, love V5 Smile

John Smile

annettep38 Plus Member 4216 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2013 - 7:39 PM

I like the little boy a lot !also no 2 and 4 for the simple composition.

Potra  2 Venezuela
13 Oct 2013 - 4:57 AM

Superb collection of shots. I cannot make up my mind about which one is the best!

marktc Plus Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2013 - 9:40 PM

Fascinating. Another extremely strong set of images Colleen, beautifully captured and another set so well worthy of individual uploads. Marvellous.

Glostopcat Plus Member 9254 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2013 - 12:53 PM

What a fabulous array of colourfully painted houses Colleen and a very apt title for your upload.

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